5 REASONS TO PRACTICE PLANK POSE

5 REASONS TO PRACTICE PLANK POSE   Plank Pose  – Kumbhakasana – is hard if you have never attempted it before. However, with a few options and with practice this is a pose that will open doors and give you access to many other postures. So…practice, practice, and practice. If you are just starting out then here are some options for you: –          Begin on your knees and forearms, and eventually, come up onto your hands and then balls of the feet –          Look down and out about a foot in front of you so that your neck remains in line with your spine –          Draw your belly button up towards your spine, you want to be as straight as a piece of timber from the top of your head to your knees or balls of feet –          Lift your pelvic floor muscles gently up towards the centre of your belly –          Let your shoulders broaden between the blades and feel them move away from your earlobes –          Keep the shoulders above the elbows (or wrists if on your hands), hands shoulder width apart –          Spread the fingers out for a solid foundation –          If your wrists hurt, practice on your fists, or put a raise under the base of the palms to reduce the pressure on the wrists –         If you have lower back pain or recent injuries here or in the shoulders or wrists, then take care with this pose, take it slowly  – there is no rush, be prepared to take it one breath at a time So what is this pose...