Side Plank Pose - Vasisthasana
Side Plank Pose, or Vasisthasana (VAH-shees-THAH-suh-nuh), is named after Vasistha, one of the oldest Vedic sages and the author of a number of Vedic hymns. Side Plank Pose is a very powerful posture that requires a lot of strength and body awareness. This posture is not recommended to those just starting out or yogis who have limited strength.
- Body Position: Arm & Leg Support
- By Type: Balancing Yoga Poses, Strengthening Yoga Poses
- Difficulty: Beginners
- By Benefit: Yoga Poses For Weight Loss
Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthens the arms, wrists, and legs
Increases wrist flexibility
Tones and strengthens the core
Improves balance, focus, and concentration
Stretches and strengthens the side body
Opens the hips and hamstrings
Wrist, elbow, or shoulder injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
High blood pressure
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Modifications, Props and Tips
Side Plank Pose can build arm and core strength quickly. However, it’s vital to ensure you are performing the pose with correct alignment; otherwise, it’s very easy to injure your shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Keep the following information in mind when practicing this pose:
The foundational alignment for this pose is found in both Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and Plank Pose. Thoroughly review the instructions for these poses before practicing Vasisthasana!
Stack your top foot directly on top of your bottom foot, just as if you were standing in Mountain Pose (Tadasana).
To learn the correct weight distribution in the pose, practice it with the soles of your feet pressing against a wall.
- Side Plank With A Kickstand
- Side Plank With Leg Extended