Yoga Sequences

Try Forearm Plank 3 Ways

Tone and strengthen your whole body with this grounding pose.

Forearm Plank Pose is a full body practice that tones your core, arms, and legs. Energetically, this shape offers grounding, strengthening, and an opportunity for deep focus. It’s a great posture to practice in the beginning of class to fire up your whole body and build heat in your core to take you through your entire session. You can also use any variation of this posture as a quick stand alone practice when you only have a minute or two for yoga. 

Forearm Plank Against a Wall

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Stand about two footprints’ distance from a wall with your feet hip-width apart and parallel. Place your forearms on the wall, adjusting your elbows so they land directly under your shoulders. 

Keep your torso and legs parallel to the wall. Press your inner forearms and elbows firmly against the wall. Firm your shoulder blades against your back and spread them away from your spine. Similarly, spread your collarbones away from your sternum.

Press your front thighs slightly away from the wall, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward your heels. Hug your outer hips and inner thighs toward your midline to help you engage your core.

Lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck and look straight at the wall, keeping your throat and eyes soft.

Stay for anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then, replace one elbow at a time with your palm and release away from the wall. 

See also 8 Ways to Use the Wall in Your Yoga Practice 

Forearms Plank With Knees Down

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Start in Tabletop (all fours). Move one knee at a time one to two feet back. Place one forearm on the floor, followed by the other. Align your shoulders directly over your elbows and keep your torso parallel to the floor. Tuck your hips under slightly. Hug your outer hips and inner thighs toward your midline to help you engage your core.

Press your inner forearms and elbows firmly against the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back and spread them away from your spine. Similarly, spread your collarbones away from your sternum.

Press your front thighs toward the ceiling, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward your heels.

Lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck and look straight down at the floor, keeping your throat and eyes soft.

Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. Then, shift your hips toward your heels to press back to Balansana (Child’s Pose) with an exhalation. 

See also Find Comfort in Child’s Pose

Support yourself in this pose with a thick yoga mat. 

Forearm Plank

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Start in Plank Pose. Place one forearm on the floor, followed by the other. Align your shoulders directly over your elbows and keep your torso parallel to the floor. Hug your outer hips and inner thighs toward your midline to help you engage your core.

Press your inner forearms and elbows firmly against the floor. Firm your shoulder blades against your back and spread them away from your spine. Similarly, spread your collarbones away from your sternum.

Press your front thighs toward the ceiling, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward your heels.

Lift the base of your skull away from the back of the neck and look straight down at the floor, keeping your throat and eyes soft.

Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then, release your knees to the floor with an exhalation and press back into Child’s Pose or lift your hips and knees to press up and back into Downward Facing Dog. 

See also Dolphin Plank Pose

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