Yes! It’s a Chaturanga-Less Sun Salute!
Joint centration is the ideal balance between the muscles that mobilize and stabilize as well as the agonists and antagonists of a joint. Centration implies that all the muscles that surround the joint have balanced their tension in order to hold the bony surfaces of the joint together for maximum surface contact.
Winging of the scapula (or anterior tilt of the shoulder girdle) is when one the to side of the scapula angles toward the rib cage while the bottom tip angles away. This natural movement of the shoulder blades can become problematic in loaded positions (and it is notoriously difficult to avoid in chaturanga).
Over-time poorly executed (or perfectly executed but excessively practiced) chaturangas can lead to imbalance and pain.
Ultimately there are better ways to work on chaturanga by progressively loading and creating the adaptations you need to manage better. This, at least, is a better strategy than to doing 25 in a class 3-4 times a week and hoping for the best.
Howver, there are also so many ways to craft a ‘moving meditation’ without chaturanga, potentially a helpful choice for for while you have pain or for while you’re just bored with so many dang chaturangas and the same old salutes.
So here is one idea for a different moving meditaiton. Enjoy and go make up some more!
P.S. if you watch closely, you’ll see me fight to avoid scapular winging (anterior tilt of my shoulder girdle) in some of these transitions.