If you are a yogi, or want to be one, one of the more common poses is a pose called chaturanga dandasana. It's like the middle position of a push up and in general you lower into it from plank pose.
And so one reason for learning to do push ups (both lowering down from plank pose and pushing up into it) is so that learning chaturanga dandasana is a little bit easier.
And some might argue, why not just practice chaturanga dandasana?
Why not just practice chaturanga?
Well, if all you practice is chaturanga, it isn't going to help you learn a push up. But, if you learn to do push ups, developing the necessary arm strength (and body awareness) in the process, then you get a two-for-one deal, chaturanga dandasana and the push up.
In either case, how do you go about strengthening your arms so that either pose is easier to learn.
How do you go about strengthening your arms for chaturanga or for push ups?
Arm strength for push ups shows you how by teaching you how to feel your body and operate it effectively.
While you could take a brute force approach and simply practice (and there's nothing wrong with that) an alternative method is to learn to better feel and operate your body.
Learn how to use your arms and feel them
What if you could learn push ups in a way that you new how to better use your arms in other activities, or at least had a better place to start from for using your arms effectively.
You'd never thing that doing push ups would help your partner dancing, but what if it gave you a better feel for your arms so that you could hold a better frame? Then, you could dance together with better connection, your frame (the way you hold your arms, and your body) neither too tense nor too floppy.
But even if you aren't into dancing, imagine having a better feel for your arms, and your shoulders, in general.
Did you know that your muscles enable you to feel your body?
The thing about feel (and this is a specific type of feel) is that your ability to feel is generated by your muscles. I'm not talking about emotion feel, but the actual sense of where your body is in space and how the parts of it relate. And they also help to generate (and control) sensations at any points of contact you have with the ground or elsewhere.
Now imagine not only having a better feel for your arms, but also having greater awareness of (and control of) your point of contact with the ground, or anything (or anybody) else. You get all of that, in Arm strength for push ups. You get all of that so that you can use it to make doing push ups (and chaturanga dandasana) easier.
Learn exercises to help you feel your arms and control them
You'll learn, through a variety of exercises, not just push ups, but how to feel your arms and use them. You'll also develop some basic awareness of the rest of your body so that you can hold it straight while lowering down or lifting up or while holding chaturanga dandasana.