Upward Plank Pose


What is Upward Plank Pose?

Upward plank pose, or purvottanasana in Sanskrit, is also known as inclined plane pose. With the front of the body facing the sky, the bodyweight is supported on the feet and hands. The whole body receives a gentle backward stretch. The pose is often used to counterbalance forward bends as well as increase arm and wrist strength.


  • Begin sitting with the legs outstretched and together.
  • Place the hands behind the buttocks with the fingers pointing in.
  • Inhale and point the toes, then push into the feet and hands to lift the hips. Allow the head to gently drop back.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and gently release.


  • Avoid if there is wrist or shoulder injury.

Benefits of Upward Plank Pose

  • Strengthens the wrists, shoulders and arms
  • Opens the chest and improves respiratory function
  • Improves circulation
  • Invigorates the body and mind
  • Brings balance after forward bends

Upward Plank Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Purvottanasana
Pronunciation: pur-vote-TAH-NAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type: Backbends, Chest Openers, Core, Strength

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