Side Plank

Vasisthasana

POSE CATEGORY

Arm Balance, Sidebend

ANATOMY

Abdominals, Arms, Hamstrings, Hips, Shoulders, Spine, Wrists

PRONUNCIATION

vah-sish-TAHS-uh-nuh

Setup and Key Actions

From downward facing dog, shift your weight onto your left hand and the outer edge of your left foot. Either stack your right foot on top of your left, or keep the right foot in front of the left for more stability. Place your top (right) hand on your hip to begin. Keep your left wrist crease parallel to the front of the mat, and the eye of your left elbow pointing in the same direction as your left thumb. Stack your shoulders and push the floor away to lift your hips and avoid collapsing into your bottom shoulder. If you feel stable, you can extend your right arm up or alongside your ear.

Modifications

Bend your right knee and place your right foot flat on the floor in front of your left leg for more stability, or take a kneeling side plank with your bottom knee on the floor and your top leg extended. 

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