In Sanskrit, Chaturanga Dandasana (chah-tuur-ANGH-uh dahn-DAHS-uh-nuh) translates to four-limbed staff pose. Often shortened to Chaturanga or low plank. We include this pose in Sun Salutations and Vinyasa classes and often forget that it’s a pose in itself. In a Baptiste Yoga class, we do about 26 of them, so important to do correctly especially as you fatigue. Most people hate this pose because it’s a physically demanding pose. As they fatigue their ego kicks in and they push through it rather than listening to their body and modifying the pose to drop to their knees. The danger in pushing through it, is that can hurt your shoulders or wrists. It also makes some people give up all together because its too hard. Leave your ego at the door!
Benefits of the pose: