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Step-by-Step Breakdown: Chaturanga


How many times have you heard your yoga instructor say "move through your flow," "take a vinyasa," or "chaturanga, up dog, down dog?" You know what to do for the most part, but chaturanga—often part of a "vinyasa" or "flow" that you do on the way back to downward dog and also in some advanced sun salutations—can certainly use some breaking down.

An amazing full-body strength, arm, and core pose, it's a great pose all on its own too. Also referred to as "plank half-way down," chaturanga dandasana (its full Sanskrit name) is the same position as the bottom of a triceps pushup, and is a great way to build upper-body and core strength for arm balances. Translated, it means the "four-limbed staff pose." (Danda in Sanskrit means "staff," which refers to the spine, or support of the entire body.)

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Here are some tips and tricks to make it work for you so that you can "move through your flow" like it's no big thing. 'Cause it's not!



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