Purvottanasana (Upward Plank) – Overview
- Features: Purvottanasana (Upward Plank), and related poses such as Reverse Table Top
- Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
- Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.
“purva” = east side (front of body)
“uttana” = intense
Intense Eastward Facing Stretch
Also known as: Upward Plank and Front of Body Stretch
Heart of Pose
- Strengthening / Stabilizing
- Front Body Stretch
- Neutralizes forward bends, opening front of body.
- Prepare by lengthening hip flexors in modified Low Lunge, lifting back foot.
- Excellent for balancing the effort and effects of Chaturanga Dandasana.
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