How do you learn to do a push up?

How should you learn to do a push up, especially if you are new to physical exercise?

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Do you want to practice push ups as a way of learning chaturanga dandasana?

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.

30 day sensational guarantee

And this course (which is a series of videos, each focusing on a particular exercise) comes with a 30 day guarantee. I call it a sensational guarantee because this course (and all of the other courses I teach) focus on teaching you to notice the sensations in your body. 

Those sensations are generated by muscles which create tension, which is a force, in your connective tissues. 

You are guaranteed to become force sensitive

So basically, the sensational guarantee is a guarantee that you'll become force sensitive. 

You'll learn to feel the forces that your muscles generate, and guide them so that you can do push ups with greater ease. 

And if you can't, let me know within 30 days of purchase (you can use the connection box at the bottom of this screen) and I'll give you your money back.

Still not sure?

Still not sure? Here's what some people had to say about my chaturanga for beginners video. 

What people had to say about my "Chaturanga for beginners and yogis with weak arms" video

Excellent and meticulous explanation. Nice pace. It is not easy to find a clear step by step explanation of Chaturanga Dandasana.  I found of particular help the upper body explanation and the modify versions. Thank you.
Maria Fernandez
Thank you, thank you, and thank you! 
breaking the positions down into small portions, and how to feel them, has given me  a whole new experience in yoga and my every day going about things !
Christopher b
I wasn't able to watch the entire video but really appreciated the step by step explanation.  Just doing the arm rolling alone has helped.  I'm really looking forward to putting the whole thing into practise and it's given me such an improved insight which I hope to use when I eventually become a yoga teacher myself.
Jessica Francis
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So why pay for this course, why not just use the free Chaturanga video?

That's a really good question. The "Chaturanga for beginners and yogis with weak arms" video is one of my most popular youtube videos. 

This course is actually designed as a follow on that. 

In that video I give a lot of detailed explanations on how to lift up into Chaturanga dandasana. 

But I don't talk about how to go all the way up to plank pose. And the reason is, at the time I did the video, apart from brute force practice, I didn't know how. 

This new course is the culmination of a few years of experience. It teaches you how to lift up and lower down with greater ease. Work is still required, but the work is easier. It's designed for people who want to better learn their body (as they learn how to do push ups.)

It also makes doing push ups more engaging. Instead of struggling, you'll know what to focus on. You'll have directed effort. 

What's the difference between struggle and directed effort?

Struggle is what happens when the parts of your body are uncoordinated. 

With arm strength for push ups you'll learn to feel parts of your body, and control them, in relative isolation so that you can then use them more effectively together.

It's like you are a company boss sending employees to training. When they come back you can simply lead them with a clear idea of what you are trying to accomplish. 

You employees can then get on with doing it.

And rather than a boss employee relationship, it's more like a partnership. You'll learn to work with your muscles just as your muscles learn to work with each other.

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