Benefits of Plank Pose

Plank Pose is one of the greatest poses to build strength in your arms and tone your abdomen.

Begin by laying on your stomach and bringing your hands to either side of your chest. Press your hands into the mat with your fingers wide, keep your arms straight as you push against the mat and lift your body up off of the mat. Stack your shoulders over your wrists. Notice your elbows and rotate them back so that your elbows are facing your feet.

Keeping your spine long draw your belly into your spine and continue tuning into your breath. Your legs should remain straight but if it's too difficult to hold the pose with your legs straight feel free to bring your knees to the mat but continue focusing on drawing the belly into your spine. Remain high on the balls of your feet and spread your toes wide. Try to remain in this position for 5 breaths then slowly lower yourself back down to the mat, take 3 breaths and then push yourself back up and hold plank pose for another 5 breaths. Begin with two rounds of holding the pose and slowly increase. As with all yoga poses take the time to really focus on your breathing, do not hold the breath at any point and truly focus on building a strong foundation of this pose. Take a picture of yourself in plank and tag me on Instagram - I'd love to see you!