Chaturanga is called a push up as short cut to help students understand but it’s different.
Ideally the hands are flat and the wrists are below the elbows, that’s why the elbows are in close to the body. Key muscles in the upper back and chest are used to flow through the position as you glide off the feet lifting up and opening across the chest to upward dog.
I agree there’s no right or wrong but there is safe and unsafe. Flowing through chaturanga mindlessly can damage the shoulders over time. While doing push ups in training, there’s typically more focus on alignment.
Hello Sue Fine,
For the yoga cobra pose the hands are used more as a guide. For the strength push up move, the arms and hands are positioned to strengthen the working muscle group.
As Harris Sophocleous explains, body positions are limitless and are decided by the client’s goals and abilities.
I hope this helps answer your question.
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There is really no one position that makes push up a unique movement. There are at least 120 different ways you can do a push up (www.pushupwarrior.com). So, to make it simple all you need to keep in mind is that the closer the hands are to the body, the more your triceps are engaged…the further away from the body, your pecks do most of the work.
It all comes down to the client and his/her limitations.