HOW TO: Side Plank (Vasisthasana)

Side Plank yoga core strengthener

I am a little obsessed with Plank poses and any and all variations of the standard plank. Planks are a great way to strengthen and tone the entire body with minimal impact. Side plank challenges your balance and focus while creating a defined and strong waist and toned legs and arms.

Instructions:
Begin in Plank Pose

Walk your hands a couple inches in front of your heels.

Shift your weight onto your left hand and roll onto the edge of your left foot.

Open your body to the right and stack your right foot on top of your left.

Ensure your hips are lifted and not sinking down.

Reach your right arm overhead and gaze up towards your fingers.

Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then come to the other side.

Modifications:
For more stability, place your top foot on the mat slightly in front of the bottom foot.

If it’s difficult to gaze up at your fingers, look forward or down towards the mat.

Benefits: 
Strengthens the wrists, arms, and legs

Improves your sense of balance

Tones the entire core

Works the deep abdominal muscles, obliques, and transverse abdominals

Helps mitigate low back pain

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