SANSKRIT: Chaturanga Dandasana (chaht-tour-ANG-ah don-DAHS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: From a prone position, the weight of the body is supported on the hands and the toes. The body is approximately 5 inches above and parallel to the earth. The abdomen is pulled up towards the spine. The pelvis is tucked. The palms are flat. The elbows are close to the side body and bent in a 90-degree angle and inline with the wrists. The toes are rooted into the earth as the heels push back. The gaze is down.

BENEFITS: Strengthens the arms and wrists. Tones the abdomens.