Anything in Plank Pose works the core, in several different planes. Regular Plank, Upward Plank Pose, Side Plank Pose and all of its variations, and Handstand all target the rectus abdominis and transverse abdominis, and some variations target the obliques. Even though there is little to no movement in these poses, there is a constant contraction of the abs to hold the body in position. The longer you can hold these planks, the more resilient your lower back will be to any injury and the stronger your abs will be, not only for yoga poses but for the movements of everyday life!
Bethany Lyons is a powerful leader, creator, community builder and cofounder of Lyons Den Power Yoga, Manhattan's only Baptiste-style yoga studio. Bethany is a classically trained ballet dancer, Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and Master Instructor at SoulCycle. In cofounding Lyons Den Power Yoga, Bethany seeks to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life.