Side Plank - Vasisthasana


Side plank or Vasisthasana (vah-sish-TAHS-anna) in Sanskrit. Move from hate to love. I often cue, “Just go for it. Lift the top leg even if it is just an inch, so what if you lose your balance and fall. At least you tried!” Learn to modify the pose, don’t let your ego talk you out of it. If you have weak wrists, over-used wrists or a shoulder inquiry - skip it or learn to modify the pose. Be curious. Be open to learning. Discover the connection between your mind, body and spirit which is the true meaning of yoga.

Benefits

Side plank strengthens the arms, abdominal muscles, legs and hips. It stretches and strengthens the wrists. It also improves balance, concentration, and focus.

Cautions: Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.