Yoga: Low Plank Exercise

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In yoga, the low plank exercise is great for working the abdominal muscles and strengthening the core. Practice this unique exercise with tips from a yoga instructor in this free video on yoga poses.

Part of the Video Series: Basic Yoga Poses
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I'm Linda Black continuing our strength in the arms for athletes here. Coming to your hands and knees, we're going to work on the core or the center of the body. Bring the forearms to the floor and we'll move into what we call a low plank or, turn the toes the under and lifting the hips, so or an abdominal contraction. So low plank, very steady long through the spine. The neck is extended even the back of the neck. The shoulders lifted up and the heart melting down. So, you can hold this pose for about a minute with or without the knees on the floor and we can show that, the knees on the floor. Bring the knees to the floor just gently. They don't tuck under the hips but they just rest on the floor. The abs are still working nearly if not as much as hard as when the knees come off the floor. So, pick the knees back off the floor. Press the energy through the heals towards the back wall and equal and opposite energy drawing forward. Your mid section or your abs are holding this position in place. The key here is to keep the shoulders behind the elbows so you got a nice centering. Keep the palms flat on the floor and press on the mat with full energy through the forearms. They are doing a great job showing you. When you are done, come to the knees and press the hips back into a puppy pose stretching the arms, the shoulders, and the lats.

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