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Chaturanga Dandasana: Low push up plank posture to build body's core muscles
Chaturanga Dandasana is a low plank posture yoga-asana. In this posture, the body is straight and parallel to the ground while being supported by the toes and palms, with elbows at a right angle.

For children with special needs, initially, it can be done with a medicinal or therapy ball under the chest and limbs being assisted to get the posture by the therapist.

To acquire this posture, lying on the belly, the hands and feet are placed on the floor and body is lifted supporting the body, which is parallel to and lowered toward the floor but not touching it.

It looks much like a low push up stance, but with the hands quite low, that is, slightly above the pelvis, and the elbows kept in along the sides of the body.

When performed correctly, it can help prepare the body for arm balance by strengthening important core or triceps muscle and promoting good form with upright spine.

In yoga, the asana or acquired posture is held for a period of time for 10 t0 30 seconds with regulated breathing.

If a typical person is unable to perform a standard Catura?ga Dandasana, he or she may do it with the knees on the floor.

This asana helps to tone arm and forearm muscles as well as develops flexibility in the wrists. It also helps in toning abdominal organs and repository muscles.

The following advantages of Chaturanga Dandasana have been enumerated,

  • Stabilizes the spine

  • Spinal muscles enabled to work concentrically

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscles get active

  • Triceps acquire eccentric flexibility.

  • intrinsic and extrinsic hand muscles get activated

For children with special needs, it has to be assisted yoga on 1:1 basis as physical therapy.

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