Chaturanga Dandasana

Chaturanga Dandasana or Four-Limbed Staff Pose, also known as Low Plank, is a Yoga asana, in which a straight body parallel to the ground is supported by the toes and palms, with elbows at a right angle.This is also part of the Surya Namaskara (sun salutation).

Strengthens: Arm, Wrist
Preparatory poses: Bhujangasana, Urdhvamukha shvanasana, Phalakasana
Follow-up poses: Adho mukha śvānāsana, Urdhvamukha shvanasana
Pose type: Arm balance, Core
Also known as: Four-limbed staff pose

In Chaturaṅga Daṇḍāsana the hands and feet are on the floor, supporting the body, which is parallel to and lowered toward, but not touching, the floor. (low plank). It looks much like a push up, but with the hands quite low (just above the pelvis), and the elbows kept in along the sides of the body. When performed correctly, it can help prepare the body for arm balance asanas by strengthening important muscles and promoting good form. Don’t sink your torso below the elbow level because this puts a lot of pressure on the elbow joints. When doing this try to bring your chest up and distribute the weight of the body equally between the upper and the lower body – push your heels back. Don’t do it without proper guidance.

Now straighten the arms, and you are in Dandasana, also called high plank.