No one wants to be in the throes of hot and heavy love making and have to stop because they couldn’t keep their plank up. Arm strength and core integration are important fitness determining factors and they give us the ability to glide through the delights of sex.
Chaturanga Dandasana is the yogi push-up, and if you do it consistently and maintain good form, it will give you the endurance to go all night long.
Riding The Wave
If you can’t get into and out of a solid plank during a vinyasa practice, you are going to feel like a fish out of water. The reality for any yoga practice is not just having flexible hips or an open chest, you also need the strength to hold your body weight off of the floor. I call this kind of strength riding the wave because virtually every transition we make physically, both on and off the mat, requires the deep inner power built from holding planks and plank push-up.
When we are rolling around in the sheets that same power is translated into the supple, rhythmic flow we know as incredible sex, plank literally gives us the ability to extend our pleasure.
Can I Plank You
There are few postures better suited for holistic body awareness and strength than a plank. The combination of alignment in the upper torso with inner thigh and deep core strength, make plank push-ups revolutionary for solidifying the mind-body connection. As you hold the top of a plank or transition into the plank push-up, muscles throughout the physique are both lengthening and bearing weight, eccentric contraction. In particular the obliques, rectus muscles and psoas minor work to stabilize the spine. While the gluteus maximus and the hamstrings work to keep the lower body stable. In the upper body, there is a similar synergy between the activation of the pectoral muscles and muscles like the serratus anterior in the upper back.
Synergy is the key element here, stabilization of the form leads directly to the ability to transition fluidly. In the bedroom, you and your partner will appreciate incredible pelvic endurance.
Hot sex is creative sex, especially if you have been doing it with the same person for a long time. Plank can definitely earn you the right to get creative (think acro yoga). Not everyone wants to swing from the rafters, but most of us can appreciate the steady rhythm that comes from a lover that embodies the experience.
Passionate love play is as much about a body primed for the experience as it is about feeling the passion. So the next time you are in plank, remind yourself that you are riding the wave toward more pleasure on and off the mat.
Tip: If you have difficulty holding your body weight off the floor, then lightly drop the knees to the mat to reduce the load on the shoulders and upper back. The mechanics of the movement in the upper body should be consistent. Chest should be open as you gaze forward with your elbows in and your core and legs strong. Never drop the upper torso below the level of the elbows or sag into the hips. As you grow stronger push away from the floor to learn to float through your push-up.
See you on the mat!