Chaturanga, low plank, yogi push-up – whatever you call it, our pose of the month is one many practitioners find challenging. For the third week of March we’ll be focusing on how to do Chaturanga legs. The legs often get overlooked by teachers who are busy focusing on correct alignment of the upper body, but for the next seven days we’re giving them the attention they deserve. Apart from the arms, Chaturanga is just Tadasana flipped on its side, so we’ll be looking to find that same sense of balanced engagement from the hips to the heels.
How to do Chaturanga legs
Common Misalignment: Locked-out knees.
The Fix: Tuck your toes under and engage the entire leg – back and front. Let the glutes be active, but don’t clench. Employ the power of the psoas to keep top and bottom, front and back planes of the body perfectly aligned. Firm your quads but keep a tiny baby bend in the knee as you lower down using your upper body strength.
Knowing how to do Chaturanga legs correctly will set you up well for a safe Upward Facing Dog – allowing you to roll over the feet and maintain strong engagement in the legs as you lift yourself safely into the back-bend.