Chatting Chaturanga: A Tutorial

Intermediate II
(46 Reviews)
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This yoga class/tutorial takes a brief yet potent look at moving through chaturanga, and floating through upward and downward dog. Chaturanga is a challenging pose to get right and an easy to pose to get a shoulder injury. The focus is on core stability, shoulder placement and the very powerful connection to moving with breath.


  • None


  • Vigorous/Energy
  • Strength
  • Core Strength
  • Neck/Shoulders
  • Arms/Hands


  • Vinyasa/Power Yoga
April 5, 2020

A great tutorial especially to make sure you are doing the pose correctly.

June 25, 2019

I have very stiff shoulders and they seem very weak. Otherwise I am healthy and injury free. My questions are, is it normal to feel so much shoulder fatigue that I can’t follow the class without resting in downward dog or on my knees from time to time? There is no sharp pain, just the feeling of discomfort and aching. Also when I drift forward from downward dog to plank, my shoulders extend beyond my wrists and I have to walk my hands forward, is that normal for some people? Or should my downward dog be longer if that makes sense? In general I feel a lot of discomfort in my shoulders but I wouldn’t say pain necessarily, will that go away as I get stronger? If anyone has any advice for me that would be very helpful, thank you!

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Virginia Rego
May 18, 2020

Hi Kiwifruit, I thought I was strong in my shoulders (I'm pretty good at rocking out many push-ups!) but found this hard and had to take a couple of breaks. And, I don't know if it's to do with proportions but I always have to walk my hands forward when I transition to plank. I notice that sometimes instructors have to wiggle their feet back a bit so I guess it is common? I am trying to have my feet and hands farther apart in downward dog so I have less adjusting when I drift to plank.