Plank Pose (Phalakasana)

Multiple yoga poses of men performing the Plank Pose

Plank Pose (Phalakasana) is a balancing yoga pose that tones all the muscles of the body through endurance and stamina training. Using the arms for balance, Plank Pose tones the abdominal muscles while strengthening the arms and spine in a push-up like position. To practice the Plank Pose, begin on your hands and knees and press down through your forearms and hands until you lift up into a lifted position. Pull your pelvic muscles toward your spine while you gaze at a space between your hands. Hold the pose for five breaths.

Assorted silhouettes of men and women in the Plank Pose

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Benefits (Physical): Strengthens and tones core muscles of the body
Benefits (Core): Strength and stability
Modifications: Place palms onto rolled edge of mattress if they are sore
Variations: Lower knees to the floor, deepen pose by lifting individual legs

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Sanskrit Name:
Phalakasana
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Drawings include:
Plank Pose elevations (men & women), outline silhouettes

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