When you don't feel strong and capable, Plank Pose will help you build up that strength and confidence really quickly!
Practise every day, building up the number of breaths you can hold Plank pose for and you'll soon notice a drastic improvement in your upper body and core strength. If your wrists get sore, make it a forearm plank instead (elbows underneath the shoulders).
- Remember in Plank Pose to be straight, like a plank! Try not to sag in your lower back and draw the front of the body (especially the lower belly) into the back body.
- Press the floor away actively and as a result, you will create more space between the shoulder blades.
- Keep your neck in line with the spine, extending forward through the breastbone, and push back through the heels.
- Last important tip to make the pose feel lighter: without moving your feet, draw the feet and legs into the mid-line, even rolling them in very slightly and boom, you may find you're almost floating :-)
Here are some more step-by-step instructions on how to practise Plank Pose and a description of all the benefits!