How to Modify Chaturanga (3 Ways!)

In my last post, I showed you how to fix some common mistakes that I see people making while attempting the chaturanga. Today I am going to show you three ways to modify.

Modification #1: Use a Strap

Put the strap right above the elbows. Make sure the strap is as wide as your shoulders. Get into a plank and then shift into chaturanga. The strap forces your elbows to stay in close, magically catches you at the bottom and puts you into perfect position.

Modification #2: Use Blocks

Set the blocks up so that one will be under your chest and one under your hips. You’ll have to adjust the distance for your body. Place the hands by the first block and lower until you touch the blocks. Always lead with the chest!

Modification #3: On one knee or on both knees

Get into a plank and drop down to one knee or both of your knees. Uncurl the toes. Lead with the chest as you lower down halfway.

Watch the video below and try these modifications until you gain the upper body strength required to chaturanga from the toes.

How to Start Practicing Yoga at Home

Should I practice yoga at home?

YES! YES! YES—DUH!!

3 Reasons why you need to practice yoga on your own at home:

  1. You don’t have to worry about the stress of getting to class on time—who wants to be rushing around trying to get to yoga class? That defeats the whole purpose of yoga. When you practice at home it’s on your own time.

  2. You can practice at your own pace—I’m known for teaching high energy, faster paced classes. But at home, you can hit pause, rewind, fast forward, and replay as many times as you want. You don’t have to feel embarrassed if you can’t keep up.

  3. You’re at home!!—you can wake up and do yoga in your pajamas with crazy hair and unbrushed teeth if that’s how you roll. You’re at home so it doesn’t matter!

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How to Start an At Home Yoga Practice

  1. Set up your space—you’ll need a yoga mat and possibly blocks and a yoga strap. Otherwise you don’t need much else unless you really want to get fancy. Then you can add some aromatherapy, plants, pictures, and pillows. Create a pretty space in your home that is dedicated to yoga. I created a free guide to help you set up your space. (see below)

  2. Schedule it—set a reminder on your phone or put it on your calendar just like you would any other appointment and commit to it.

  3. Practice—You have the space, you have the time, now just do it! You can do one of my YouTube videos or try an amazing program for free for 14 days. It’s called 3 Week Yoga Retreat. I recommend it to all my beginner yogi clients. (See below)

Nothing can replace an in-person, studio yoga class experience. But sometimes whether it’s because of time, finances, or other personal reasons we need to practice yoga at home. And having an at home yoga practice is one of the BEST investments you can make in yourself. You NEED this in your life!