Dolphin Plank Pose (Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana)

A modification of Plank Pose, Dolphin Plank Pose strengthens and tones core, thighs and arms.

It is an intermediate pose that requires body awareness in terms of alignment in the pose. It requires strong arms, core and legs to achieve the expression of the Dolphin Plank Pose.                     This pose is an excellent preparatory pose for headstand(Sirasana ) and other inversions.

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Pose Level:



Strength and Power.

Body Parts Involved:

  • Core.
  • Shoulders.
  • Chest.
  • Butt.
  • Arms.


No equipment.

Benefits of Dolphin Plank Pose:

  • Calms the brain.
  • Helps relieve stress and mild depression.
  • Stretches the hamstrings.
  • Strengthens the shoulders and calves.
  • Strengthening the legs, arms and core.
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis.

Contraindications and Cautions:

  • Shoulder Injury.
  • Neck injury.

How to do Dolphin Plank Pose step by step instructions:

  • Start in the Dolphin Pose, knees bent.
  • Then walk your feet back until your shoulders are directly over the elbows and your torso is parallel to the floor.
  • Press your inner forearms and elbows firmly against the floor.
  • Firm your shoulder blades against your back and spread them away from the spine.
  • Similarly spread your collar bones away from the sternum.
  • Press your front thighs towards the ceiling, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward the heels.
  • Lift the base of your skull away from the back of the neck and look straight down at the floor.
  • Keep your throat and eyes soft.
  • Stay in the pose anywhere between 30 seconds to a minute or more as per your level.
  • Exhale while bending your knees on the floor .
  • Release.

Modifications And Variations:

  • To make it easier, lower your knees to the ground.

Beginner Tip:

  • Relieve any neck tension by resting your forehead on a block set between your forearms.

Preparatory Poses:

Follow Up Poses:

  • Headstand.
  • Shoulder Press Pose.

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Yoga asana is the third limb of the eight- limbed path outlined in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali- a seminal yogic text.

The eight limbs are as follows.

  • Yamas and Niyamas ( Moral and ethical codes.
  • Asanas ( Postures)
  • Pranayama ( Breathwork)
  • Pratyahara ( withdrawal of the senses)
  • Dharana ( concentration)
  • Dhyana ( Meditation )
  • Samadhi ( spiritual absorption)

Practice of these yoga sutras shouldn’t be painful.

If you are experiencing an excess of emotional and / or physical discomfort during your practice – either come out of the pose you’re doing or ask your teacher on how you can adjust and go with the flow which suits your body taking into consideration any contraindications or injuries.

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