As we’re working toward optimal body health and movement patterns a low plank or high chaturanga has a lot more value than a low and “traditional” chaturanga. I used to do a lot of low chaturangas with improper alignment. As I practiced more I would increasingly hunch my shoulders and my upper back grew weaker even though I seemed to be getting stronger in general. Now when I practice I altogether skip my former idea of “the classic” chaturanga.
What is chaturanga?
Chaturanga Dandasana (or four-limbed staff pose) is one of the most ubiquitous poses in vinyāsa or “flow” yoga. Chaturanga is like a low push-up pose. Beginning from a high push-up, hover your body down all in one line — or plank — until it’s 6 inches from the floor. Whether doing a basic or challenging class, you’ll likely do 10-20 chaturangas during an average flow-based class.
Plank, a high push-up position, is pretty hard in and of itself, but chaturanga is really hard to do without losing proper alignment. The traditional pattern of postures is: Continue reading >>