Friday, May 04, 2012

Plank with Block

Place the long side of a  block between your adductors or inner thighs. Get into plank position on your elbows and toes. Keep your head, neck and back aligned. Pull your pelvis toward your navel and lengthen your tailbone toward your heels, engaging your abdominal muscles. Simultaneously squeeze the block. Hold for at least five breaths and five times. Rest in Balasana or child's pose, after this exercise.

More difficult version: Hold free weights that will give you a workout and that you can use for at least two sets of ten repetitions. As you are in a plank position with the block between your thighs, keep your arms straight, without locking your elbows, and lift one free weight off the floor at a time.

This exercise is in an article by yoga teacher trainer Jason Crandell, in the June 2012 edition of Yoga Journal, page 52.

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