Purvottanasana (Upward Plank / Front of Body Stretch) – Overview

Asana Digest Overview


Purvottanasana (Upward Plank / Front of Body Stretch), and related poses such as Reverse Table Top.


Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.


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.

Prerequisite Knowledge

The focus of Asana Digests is teaching specific poses. This support presumes you’re aware of the groundwork and teaching support here: Asana Category – Backbending.

Poses Overview


“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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