You can understand their respective actions through the following exercise. I hear many yoga teachers teach students to engage the rhomboids when performing Chaturanga Dandasana but rhomboids are adductorsretractors of the scapula and encourage the experience of backbending in the thoracic spine.
There are also some great yoga poses like planking Chaturanga Dandasana and Downward Facing Dog that can also help build up strength in those areas.
Chaturanga Dandasana Joint Actions. Scapula Humerus Clavicle Ribs Sternum Carpals and metacarpals Tarsals and metatarsals Femur Tibia Fibula Radius Ulna. Chaturanga one of the most frequently practiced poses of modern asana has been accused of being a pushing pose one of the culprits of the excess pushing action and lack of pulling action on the mat. To stabilize the shoulder joint.
Chaturanga Dandasana is a Plank Pose with the elbows bent in a 90-degree angle and squeezed into the midline. However in yoga wrists get a lot of action. From Plank Pose align your shoulders slightly ahead of the wrists and come onto the balls of your feet pressing the soles of your feet back as if into a wall behind you.
To lower our body from plank position the action of inward and outward rotation at the shoulder joint must be balanced. Firstly maintain a neutral rotation at the shoulder joint. This is not the safest action for the joint.
The pose strengthens and tones the entire body helps teach important alignment and prepares you for a multitude of positions including the following. Press the floor away from you so that your shoulder blades draw apart and your upper back rounds slightlythis will activate your serratus anterior muscles stabilizers of the scapulae or shoulder blades which wrap like fingers around the rib cage. And it also continuously reinforces into the practitioners muscle memory of the exact movement of the shoulders we want to avoid when practicing chaturanga dandasana.
Practicing Chaturanga Dandasana Four-Limbed Staff Pose plays a vital role in doing the Sun Salutations that are central to Ashtanga and vinyasa flow yoga. Maintain the actions that you create in each step as you add on more with the subsequent steps. The shoulder girdle or shoulder complex is home to the shoulder joint.
Rather than suffering through a haphazard and potentially injurious Chaturanga here are a few ways to modify this powerhouse of a pose. Assuming you have no wrist injuries with correct alignment and some time and effort you can get a lot of strength and flexibility in your wrists. Chaturanga Dandasana or Four-Limbed Staff pose also known as Low Plank is an asana in modern yoga as exercise and in some forms of Surya Namaskar in which a straight body parallel to the ground is supported by the toes and palms with elbows at a right angle along the body.
Third is it puts a load of stress on the shoulders once again. Ive had exceptional yoga teachers over the years but I also love to work with medical professionals and physical therapists to get their thoughts about body mechanics alignment instructions injury management and injury prevention. For the most part pushing a door open is the most extreme flexing that your wrist will get.
Anatomy of the hamstrings and calf. The bones involved in the joint action of chaturanga dandasana are. For many students the strength this pose requires eludes them and things start to go south.
Thus the elbows hug the sides to engage the triceps. It is important to be mindful as we enter the pose setting up the action of the shoulder blades pressing together. Chaturanga is an excellent pose to build awareness of the muscles that support and stabilize our shoulder blades.
The Anatomy of Chaturanga Dandasana Shoulders. Knees-chest-chin places unnecessary pressure on the cervical and lumbar spines. Come onto all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips as if you were about to do catcow.
Believe it or not despite being small and unassuming wrists are incredibly important and complex. If we do allow the shoulders to tip forward this can result in injury to our sensitive rotator cuff muscles. To be clear as an isolated static pose chaturanga is neither a pushing nor pulling pose.
The action of Uddiyana Bandha or the tucking in of the belly button flattens the lower belly and in the process engages the muscles called the Transverse Abdominus as well as the lower ribs. A Shoulder Surgeons Perspective on Keeping Your Shoulders Safe in Chaturanga Dandasana. The most complex movements in Chaturanga comes from our upper body.
The shoulder joint also called the glenohumeral joint is a ball and socket joint that is similar to the hip joint in appearance and in how it functions. Keep your arms and your spine straight unlike catcow where we round and arch. One is it puts a lot of stress on the wrist second is it has a tendency to put stress in the back by trying to make the back bending aspect of up dog happen this also tends to lead to a buttocks that is over tightened for the wrong reasons.
During a regular day your wrist will probably only get extended or flexed a little bit. Whose natural action is pure flexion and extension at the elbows. The variation Kumbhakasana Phalakasana or High Plank has the arms straight.
The outward rotation of teres major and infraspinatus muscles of the rotator cuff counteract the inward pull of the pectoralis muscles and lattisimus dorsi on the back.