Instructor Neil Patel at VITAL Fitness Studio. photo by Louie Solomon

Yoga 101: Chaturanga

Chaturanga Dandasana, or four-limbed staff pose, is a push-up that stops at the deepest, most challenging angle. From Downward Dog, keep your back and legs straight as you lower your hips to plank pose. Now bend your arms, keeping your elbows pointed towards the back of your mat as you lower your body down until your upper arms are parallel to your ribs.


  • Builds upper body and core strength
  • Opens up chest