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Building Strength: Planks and Chaturangas

March 7, 2017

 

A common misconception these days is people think that yoga is only to help you work on your flexibility. Here is my good news: it is NOT! As we work on improving our flexibility, we also need to combine it with strength training. When you only work on your flexibility you may become 'hypermobile'. This means that your joints (knees, hips, fingers...) will easily move beyond the normal range of motion as you don’t have sufficient muscles to protect them resulting in a higher risk of injury.

 

I’m a big believer in using my body weight for strength training, because ultimately I just want to carry myself around (walking up the stairs, running on mountains, pacing on walkways etc) with as little struggle as possible.

 

Here are my top two exercises and associated tips for building strength. Practice these in your own time holding it from 30secs to 3mins – the stronger you are, the longer you can hold ;)

 

PLANK

 

Planks are great for getting used to being on your hands (for later when you want to do handstands, why not!), they engage the shoulder muscles, your core and legs all at the same time.