Mindful Pushups

In yoga we do a modified pushup starting in a plank, and very slowly lowering the body to the floor with your elbows pointing to the back. This modified pushup is called “Chaturanga Dandasana” or “four limbed staff pose”.  The work here isn’t just limited to the arms, but includes the shoulders and the scapula. The shoulders have to continue to roll back externally as you lower. This isnt easy, as you have to body sense that the shoulders move freely down and externally as the scapulas remain wide, and roll down the back. Yoga rocks! Always striving for the perfect in the pose. I can do dozens of regular pushup, but only 5 yoga pushups.

Here is a detailed description of the pose from Yoga Journal.

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About Jeff Fischer
I'm a certified personal trainer in the San Francisco Bay area.

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