Incline Plank Pose in Yoga
Yoga has many Asanas (Postures) that work on different parts of the body as well as on internal organs and breathing. They help the body and mind function better and help you lead a better quality of life. Incline plank pose is one such posture in yoga. This pose is called Purvottanasana in Sanskrit. It is a backward bending Asana done in the sitting position. It is usually done as a counter stretch for Paschimottanasana, which is a forward bend. This posture works on a number of muscles groups, joints and organs of the body.
Incline plank pose in Yoga
You start this posture by sitting upright with hands at the side of the body or a little behind and palms on the floor. The legs are stretched out straight in front.
- Slowly while inhaling, shift your weight on the feet, lift your hips off the floor while keeping the legs straight. The arms are kept straight and most of the body weight rests on them.
- Let your head hang loose backwards or lift it up a bit to look towards your navel, whichever is comfortable.
- Now slowly exhale and bring your hips down to the floor and relax your body.
- Repeat this posture about three to four times. Alternatively, you can do two repetitions and hold longer while holding your breath or in normal breathing.
Benefits of Incline plank pose in Yoga
- Strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists
- Strengthens legs
- Strengthens and tones the back and hips
- Opens up the chest
- Improves balance
It is not advisable to perform this asana if you have any injuries on your back, arms or legs as it may make it worse. Those with back problems also are advised against doing this posture as it could aggravate the problem.