Are you a Vinyasa Flow-Head? Come see us at stand E20 and show us your longest and your best plank!
We’ll be running a leader board, so login to our Teacher Training page every day of the show to see how your planking is ranking!
We have some fabulous prizes to give away to the lucky winners of our competitions
How the competition works
1. Come and see us at stand E20, fill in your email and twitter handle and review/sign the medical condition checklist.
2. Judge’s decision final! Your judge is the Yogafurie team member who records your plank-a-thon attempt.
3. Your plank must display cool alignments. The timer starts when you’re all in place, as per below. The timer stops when
a. You come out of alignment, or
b. You stop the challenge for yourself.
4. For your entry to be counted, you must exit your plank by gently and with control dropping your knees to all fours.
5. Your alignments are:
a. Hands under shoulders. All finger pads engaged on the floor, outside of palm the same.
b. Elbows just off of lock. If your elbows naturally hyperextend then let us know first.
c. Back of your neck long, crown of head in line, chest lifted forward, tail lengthening to heels. Heels reach backwards.
d. Knees firm, but just off of lock. If your knees naturally hyperextend then let us know first.
e. No saggy midsections!
Good hand function in plank – save your wrists
How well your hands work on the floor will make a big difference to your experience of plank position. In fact, there are key areas where we need to engage throughout the body
to help us get the most out of each and every posture. These areas of engagement are called bandhas; this is a Sanskrit word that means “lock” or “hold”.
Using our hands well on the mat means using the entire hand; the whole thing works to share bodyweight. The trick is to keep the hands working in the same way, even when we’re resting with no weight on them. When our awareness is clearly present in our hands then we are fully connected to the world, because the hands are so very sensitive to touch.
Bandhas support our bodies in a number of ways, and it’s really important to develop this internal support network so that it works habitually, not just when we are reminded in class.
To find out more, check in and ask at the Yogafurie stand E20 at the Om Yoga Show London 2016!