Yep, I’m determined to help you get this pose, can you tell? Especially if you don’t consider yourself a ‘strong’ person, demystify the idea that you need to be, in order to do this #asana. It’s more about technique, leverage and learning to work with what you have, than anything else. When I first started practicing yoga, I couldn’t hold Plank because my wrists hurt too much, I had to drop on the knees after 3-4 seconds. In a way, that was a good thing, because it taught me how to engage other body parts without the teacher even telling me ‘pull the low belly in’, ‘use your bandhas’ or ‘activate the lumbar area’. I was doing all that, and more, because my wrists were that weak. As you can imagine, bearing all the weight on one hand was something, I thought, completely unattainable. If you warm up the back a bit beforehand and do some Bridges, it’ll help create a ‘dome’ and the structure will feel lighter, because the spine will be, somewhat, holding you. The other arm, the one you can’t see in this pic, is actively pushing into the ground to compensate the weight of the legs going in the opposite direction (it’s a HUGE help!). If you bend one leg, like I’m showing here, or semi-bend both, you’ll be working on strengthening the wrist/upper body, little by little. The more engaged the legs, the less heavy they’ll feel. Start at a more ‘vertical’ line, then go to a Pisa-tower-angle and keep ‘dropping’ it until, one day, you’ll be parallel to the floor. It surely is a #process but, if I did it, you can too!! Unroll that mat and let’s start working on it...
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