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YOGA: CHATURANGA DANDASANA

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
September 19, 2013
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This pose when done correctly, will give you the arms, shoulders, tush and abs you've always wanted. Can you say "ripped"?

Most of us yoga fans know this pose as the one that gets us from Uttanasana (forward bend) to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog).

This is the pose we see most often done incorrectly in the yoga studios. The intricacies of this pose aren’t that obvious. When done correctly though, the difference is night and day.

CHATURANGA DANDASANA

Start in a plank pose (high push-up position).

Keep your abs tight.

Lower down slowly, keeping your back straight.

Hug your elbows into your rib cage just slightly forward of your sides, so the elbows and upper arms act almost like a ledge for your trunk to rest on.

Roll forward, using your toes into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog).

As you become stronger in this pose, you’ll be able to hold it longer before going into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog)– this is where you will start to really feel it in your arms and shoulders and reap the rewards. When you get really good, try going from upward facing dog, back to Chaturanga Dandasana before going into downward facing dog – WOW!

 

 

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