Purvottanasana (Upward Plank / Front of Body Stretch) – Overview
- Features: Purvottanasana (Upward Plank / Front of Body Stretch), 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, Front of Body Stretch, Inclined Plank, Reverse Plank
Heart of Pose
- Front Body Stretch and Mild Backbending Effect
- Strengthening / Stabilizing
- Counterbalances the effort and effects of Chaturanga Dandasana.
- Neutralizes forward bends as it opens front of body.
- Promotes upper body strengthening.
- Prepare by lengthening hip flexors in modified Low Lunge, lifting back foot.
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