Plank Pose is the “top of a push-up” position. Make sure your hands/wrists are directly underneath your shoulders and that your arms stay perfectly straight. As you trace your attention from the shoulders to the toes, be sure the belly/pelvis area is held firm. Make sure you don’t allow your pelvis to sink with gravity and/or lift to break the line of the body from heels to head. Squeeze your legs together like one and reach your heels back so you don’t roll too far forward over your toes. Hold this position for a breath before continuing to Chaturanga (low plank).
This high plank pose strengthens your arms, your upper back, your core, and your stamina. Holding yourself at such an exact angle against the forces of gravity is strenuous! Breathe deeply while holding this pose and you will be amazed at the rise in your body temperature.