Forearm Plank: A Foundational Exercise for Your Practice
If you’ve been to any of my power flow or sculpt classes you may very well know that holding and breathing in forearm plank is my jam! I have a sincere love for the forearm plank because it’s a great foundational exercise for other more advanced yoga postures, including Sirsasana A (classical headstand) and Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand). Growing up doing Jujitsu as a kid and teenager, I was taught forearm plank before high plank in all of the conditioning classes, outside of sparring. I was not allowed to go up from forearm plank to high plank until I had a solid forearm plank. Period. End of discussion.
I’m grateful for my instructors being that adamant about form, and my shoulders are grateful too. High planks are easy to get catawampus and sustain injury such as hyper-extension and the forearm plank makes you start from the ground up, literally and figuratively. Arguably so, I think forearm plank is an amazing Step 1 to so many things because even forearm plank can be modified (tap the knees to the ground and come back up), you feel the abdominal burn without taxing the shoulders and wrists and you’re gaining shoulder stability. It’s a win, win, win!
In future articles, I will explain how to get into this and other poses. What poses do you enjoy or would you like to learn more about? What are some of your favorite foundational exercises?