Sampattasana strengthens the core muscles.
- Lie on your stomach while resting on your elbows with palms facing down.
- Raise your entire body up supporting yourself only on your forearms and toes.
- Elbows should be directly under your shoulders and body should be parallel to the ground. Avoid collapsing the shoulder blades in order to keep the back of the body engaged.
- Focus should be on pulling the stomach in. Hold for 30-40 seconds. Breath normally when holding posture.
How it helps:
Sampattasana is great for strengthening the entire core, from thighs and abdominal muscles all the way to shoulders.
Core strength is not easy but is incredibly worthwhile and necessary! Especially if you plan on sitting in meditation for more than a few minutes. It is also a vital part of our daily lives as the hips, waist and lower back provide a powerful axis for rotating your body and generating power throughout any movements. Therefore, improving ones’ core strength (especially in athletes) increases performance by allowing more efficient coordination and energy transfer throughout the body. In addition, a strong core will help reduce the risk of injury by acting as a stabilizer because those muscles act a lot like shock absorbers. They greatly reduce the stress on an athlete’s spine during an activity.