Plank Pose


What is Plank Pose?

Plank pose, or kumbbhakasana in Sanskrit, is a core strengthening posture that's usually used a transition between other yoga poses. It's the same position as the top of a pushup: body weight on the hands and feet, the torso and legs in one diagonal line.


  • Begin in downward facing dog with the hands under the shoulders.
  • Inhale and shift the torso forward so that the legs and torso are in one diagonal line. Engage the core. Gaze at the floor.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Avoid if there is carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist injury

Benefits of Plank Pose

  • Strengthens the core
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Stimulates digestion

Plank Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Kumbhakasana
Pronunciation: koom-bhah-KAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Core, Strength

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