Forearm Plank

This pose is a full-body practice that tones your core, arms, and legs. Energetically, this shape offers grounding, strengthening, and an opportunity for deep focus. It’s the perfect way to prepare the body for a full day of practicing dentistry. After all, it’s our core that holds us in the shapes we need to take in order to perform our work.

How to Do a Forearm Plank

  1. Assume a push-up position but bend your arms at your elbows so your weight rests on your forearms. Press your palms into the mat to strengthen your wrists.
  2. Tighten your abs, clench your glutes and keep your body straight (as best as you can with your dental hump) from head to heels.
  3. Elongate your spine out through the crown of your head. Keep your neck towards straight.
  4. Hold for 3-5 breaths and repeat (or if you’re feeling adventurous, hold for 30-60 seconds.)


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Published by Yoga for Dentists

Dr. Josie Dovidio is a long-time dentist and certified yoga teacher who took a sabbatical from clinical dentistry to address health issues related to prolonged stress. She now helps dental professionals "undo" what dentistry does to the body, mind and soul through her Yoga for Dentists community on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube Channel and Podcast.

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