Plank pose is a great way to strengthen and tone your core. It also strengthens the wrists, arms and spine. Plank helps lay the groundwork for more challenging arm balances and is also a key pose in a traditional Sun Salutation sequence.
Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Dog. Inhale, shift the weight forward until the shoulders are directly over your wrists and the torso is parallel to the floor. Press your outer arms inward and spread your fingers wide. Firm the bases of your index fingers into the floor, pressing the earth away. Broaden the shoulder blades and lengthen the crown of the head forward and the tailbone toward the heels. Align the body in a straight line from the top of your head to your heels. Hold the posture for 30 seconds to one minute. For a more advanced variation, try lifting one leg at a time. Avoid plank pose if you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Hilary Steinberg is the owner of Jaya Yoga, 320 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Call 319-1726 or visit www.jayayogastudio.com for more information.