Asana: Plankasana

1 Jan

Plankasana (plank pose does not have a Sanskrit name) is one of the foundational asanas in yoga practice.

This strong pose tones the wrists, shoulders, and core abdominal & trunk muscles.  Breathe slowly and fully as you practice, and come into Balasana or Table to rest.  Notice sensation in your body, and please come out of the pose if you feel pain.

Plankasana helps to

  • Strengthen the wrists, shoulders, abdominal core, quadriceps
  • Build focus and endurance
  • Serve as a traditional pose in a vinyasa


Approach these asanas slowly and mindfully. If something hurts, back out of the pose gently and reassess. Do not ever push through pain. The techniques and suggestions presented in these videos are not intended to substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program. Jessie Tierney and YogAscent/Horseback Yoga videos and website assume no responsibility for injuries suffered while practicing these techniques. If you are new to exercise or yoga, are elderly, have any chronic or recurring conditions such as high blood pressure, neck or back pain, arthritis, heart disease, and so on, seek your physician’s advice before practicing to determine necessary precautions.

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