Also referred to as “plank half way down”, Chaturanga Dandasana (the full name of Chaturanga) is the same position as the bottom of a tricep push-up, and is a great way to build upper body and core strength for arm balances. Translating to “four-limbed staff pose”, Danda in Sanskrit means staff, which refers to the spine, or support of the entire body. This pose is an essential part of an advanced sun salutation, and often part of what is referred to as a “vinyasa” or “flow”, which yoga practitioners are often encouraged to practice on the way back to down dog.
Often times, yoga instructors call out “move through your flow” or “take a vinyasa” or “chaturanga, up dog, down dog”, and that is all the instruction one ever receives. An amazing full body strength, arm, and core pose all on it’s own, Chaturanga can certainly use some breaking down. 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 ;)