High Plank (Kumbhakasana):

Name: High Plank Yoga Pose

Sanskrit: Kumbhakasana

Alternate Names: Front Plank

Pronunciation: koom-bhah-KAH-sah-nah

Pose Level: Beginner

Although, High Plank or Plank may be a “beginner-friendly” asana, it takes strength to maintain the pose correctly.

High Plank Yoga Pose

Anatomy involved

  • Core
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Back/Spine
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks


  • A core strengthening pose
  • Prepares the body for further balancing poses
  • Improves strength in the arms and wrists
  • Improves shoulder stability
  • Said to help with digestion
  • Helps with balance
  • Helps with flow during Sun Salutations
  • Inner Strength

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  • Easily transition from Downward-Facing Dog or simply beginning on your hands and knees.
  • Next, place your hands at the top of your yoga mat, about shoulder width apart.
  • Stretch your legs behind. Bring tension or engage your thighs. Then, stretch your heels back.
  • Feel yourself grounded with the mat below. Simultaneously, squeeze your buttock and flatten the belly.
  • Gaze down toward the floor. Breath in and out for a cycle of 5-10.

Pose Modifications of High Plank:

Modifications to Plank pose are many:

This includes, Forearm plank, Side plank, doing plank while knees touch the mat (Table-Top plank), even a Reverse plank.

Furthermore, you can try Plank with Leg Lifts, Plank with Arms Lifts, or Incline plank.


Avoid this Plank position if suffering from wrist injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Furthermore, if you suffer from shoulder or other arm injuries.

Always consult with a medical expert if pregnant.

Poses Commonly Transitioned To:

Downward-Facing Dog, Upward Facing Dog

Poses Commonly Transitioned From:

Downward-Facing Dog, Cat-Cow