Day 15 of #30dayyogaliving
Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana) is an arm balancing yoga pose that tones the abdominal muscles while strengthening the arms and spine.
Plank Pose tones all of the core muscles of the body, including the abdomen, chest, and low back. It strengthens the arms, wrists, and shoulders, and is often used to prepare the body for more challenging arm balances. Plank also strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, which improves posture.
Practicing Plank Pose for several minutes builds endurance and stamina, while toning the nervous system. As part of the Sun Salutation sequence, it is often practiced many times during Ashtanga, Vinyasa & Power classes.
🔹Do not allow your hips and butt to sag too low or poke too high.
🔹Keep your shoulders aligned directly over your wrists.
🔹Keep the space between your shoulder blades wide while broadening across your collar bones.
🔹Never lock your elbows in the pose.
🔹Set the hands up at the start, shoulder-distance apart.
🔹Make use of the muscles of the arms and upper back.
🔹Engage the core.
🔹Be light and spacious around the heart.
🔹Power up through the thighs.
🔹Be a plank, not a banana.
🔹Maintain smooth, even breaths.
🔸Strengthens the arms, wrists, and spine
🔸Tones the abdomen
Plank activates and balances Manipura or the Solar Plexus chakra, our energy centre that effects qualities like willpower, determination, purpose and self-confidence. Simply touching your awareness to the navel or the point in the spine behind the navel as you hold the pose can enhance the qualities of this chakra. Plank is incredibly effective at building strength in both the body and the mind.
With regular practice, this pose can help you feel more confident about your practice on the mat and that confidence will have a positive effect on your life off the mat. Practicing Plank Pose will strengthen your core and arms in no time. Holding it for extended periods will build endurance and determination. Find a variation that works best for you, and then watch as your power increases! Enjoy!
This Saturday, we’re launching The Calendar Project at our tasting room in Bermondsey. This is a monthly release of seasonal beers, in smaller quantities than usual. January is a rich Coffee and Walnut Dark Ruby Mild, and we hope you’ll like it as much as we do. It’ll be available next week exclusively at both branches of @fugglesbeercafe, @dukeshighgate and @butchersdogdorset, and on draught bottle fill at all 5 branches of @claptoncraft. Artwork by @tida_draws. #beer#launch#event#london#kent#dorset#play#fun#art