I mention this to my training partners (who largely don't listen to me) all the time but, I have a 58 year old women with quite a long history of lower back and knee pain who can stir the pot with her legs together for big circles of 6 each direction and with ease. In other words, I don't think it's a particularly HIGH standard. I think it just demonstrates good and necessary stability. When you get to that point, I think time can be spent on other things as i've also found that you always maintain this even if you don't train it (as long as the rest of your program is good).
Also, don't take planks to failure. I break them up i.e. "bouts" of divided time. So, instead of holding for 60 seconds, we hold for 6 "bouts" of 10. Rest between a bout is a few breaths.
Yeh, I'm on the same boat as Tony Gentilcore, the author of the blog post linked above - I actually already do movements and holds that are taken from Yoga. Some of them are amazing. However, my point is really that Yoga isn't about flexibility, rehab or fat loss (toning) so of this is the main or only reason you're doing it, then it may not be the best.Drake Van Steed wrote: KPj--I tend to agree with your comments on yoga. I really got into it for a time and quit going to classes when instructors were having people doing extreme spinal twists and head stands etc... Yoga can be very dangerous to the spine, knees, well everything actually. I will do it sometimes for a light workout to basically heat up my body a little. I pretty much stick to the basic vinyasas and sun salutations for that purpose. I"ve largely eliminated it though.