Downward-facing dog plank flow may be performed as part of a yoga flow used to help with weight loss, as it requires a substantial amount of muscular effort and energy. The integration of movements works the whole body. The use of the breath in the flow promotes mindfulness, which may help with making positive decisions.
It is said that the sequence can be repeated between five and 10 times. It is important that it is practiced slowly with the breath. In plank pose, a balance should be felt between the energy and strength of the front and back of the body. Downward-facing dog is considered the more restful part of the flow, but the shoulders should still be lifted rather than allowing them to collapse under the weight of the body.
This sequence also forms part of the traditional vinyasa sequence. It moves from downward-facing dog to plank pose, then lowers to to chaturanga dandasana
and into upward-facing dog before returning to downward-facing dog. Practicing downward-facing dog plank flow can help build strength for the full vinyasa.