Chaturanga Dandasana a vital part of my Sun Salutations which is the core to any Vinyasa Flow, a move that strengthens the entire body, including arms, shoulders and leg muscles. It also prepares you for a multitude of inversions and arm poses.
To get the best from this pose, we can work up to the full pose over a number of weeks and months, but, it is so important if you are going to do the full pose (to get the full benefits) you need to do the pose correctly. From the plank position you don't just drop your body, you need to move your body forward slightly, don't hunch your shoulders and watch out for any tension in your neck. It is important that we stack the elbows over our wrists and ankles over the toes. You then lower your self slowly so that your arms are at right angles, hold the pose just off the floor then pushing forward and upward into either cobra or upward dog.
A challenging move, but oh don't you feel good when you just even do one correctly.