How to do a proper plank pose
To perform a proper yoga plank pose, follow these steps:
Start on your hands and knees, with your hands directly under your shoulders.
Extend your legs behind you, coming into a push-up position with your feet hip-width apart.
Keep your body in a straight line from your head to your heels, engaging your core muscles.
Keep your gaze forward and don't let your hips sag or stick up.
Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, breathing steadily.
It's important to keep your body in a straight line, engaging your core and not letting your hips sag or stick up too high. With practice, you can build up strength and stability in the pose.
The plank pose has several benefits, including:
- Strengthening the core muscles: Plank pose engages the muscles in the abdominal, back, and chest, helping to improve overall core strength.
- Improving posture: By strengthening the core, this pose can also improve posture and reduce lower back pain.
- Improving balance: The plank pose requires stability, which helps to improve balance and stability in other yoga poses and daily activities.
- Improving upper body strength: Plank pose also works the muscles in the arms, shoulders, and upper back, improving upper body strength.
- Stress relief: Holding the plank pose can help to reduce stress and calm the mind, making it a beneficial pose for stress management and relaxation.