Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
Yoga Push Up Overview
The yoga push up is a combination movement that combines a push up and a downward facing dog yoga pose.
The yoga push up is an excellent exercise to use as a warm up/activation exercise during your push days.
The push up portion of the yoga push up trains the pushing muscles of the upper body (chest, shoulders, and triceps). The downward facing dog portion of the yoga push up serves as a great to improve thoracic mobility and scapular stability.
Yoga Push Up Instructions
- Assume a quadruped position on the floor with your hands under your shoulders, toes tucked, and knees under hips.
- Extend one leg at a time and assume a push up position with the legs straight but slightly wider than normal, elbows extended, and head in a neutral position looking at the floor.
- Slowly descend to the floor by retracting the shoulder blades and unlocking the elbows.
- Descend until the upper arms are parallel or your chest touches the floor.
- Push back to the starting point by extending the elbows and driving your palms into the floor. As you straighten the arms, pike your hips toward the ceiling and allow the arms to extend overhead.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions on both sides.
Yoga Push Up Tips
- Your arms should resemble an arrow in the bottom position, not a “T”.
- Your spine should remain rigid throughout the entire exercise, think of the push up as a moving plank.
- Squeeze your glutes and brace your abs before descending to keep the ribcage neutral.
- Keep the chin down and don’t look forward.
- Imagine you’re trying to push your thumbs together while completing the movement, this will improve activation of the pecs.
- Don’t allow the head to jut forward, the chest should touch at the same time as your nose.
Think about trying to push yourself as far away from the floor as possible.
- Ensure you push all the way through the floor at the top of the repetition and allow your shoulder blades to move around your ribcage.
- Most folks cut the repetition short and don’t garner the full benefits as such.