Chaturanga Dandasana (pronounced chah-tuur-ANGH-uh dahn-DAHS-uh-nuh) is a common yoga pose, which translates to “four limbed staff pose,” and is especially present in flow-based yoga practices, such as vinyasa, ashtanga, and power yoga. It’s a sort of push-up, or low plank move, and when done correctly is a great workout for your abs, low-back, arms, shoulders – basically a full body strengthening and toning pose. When done incorrectly though, chaturanga can really shred your shoulders, and not in the “wow, what a good workout” way. How To Do Chaturanga:
- Begin in plank pose. Keeping your back flat and your elbows tight to your ribs and directly over your wrists, slowly lower your body to hover a few inches from the floor,
- Core engaged, thighs pushing up, open through your chest, keeping your shoulders in line with your elbows.
- Push your body forward, rolling onto your toes.
- Stop when your arms form a 90-degree angle, hugging all of your muscles into the midline of your body.