Strengthens arms and core
Balances nervous system
Improves focus and balance
How to perform side plank
- Begin in Plank. Press your weight into your right hand. Carefully roll to your right, stacking your left foot on top of right.
- Rest your left hand on your left thigh with an exhale. Reach your hand toward the sky with an inhale, spreading your fingers wide. Lift your hips and keep your body in one diagonal line. Gaze toward the sky.
- Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
- Lower your hand to the floor with an exhale. Change sides.
- Spread fingers wide
- Align wrist under shoulder
- Stack heels
- Reach hips up
- Avoid arching back
Modification: Keep your hand on your thigh, gaze downward or rest your bottom knee on the floor.
Avoid this pose if you wrist or shoulder injury.
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Side plank (Vasishtasana in Sanskrit) is an intermediate yoga pose that belongs to the balancing and core categories. This asana targets abs and biceps and obliques and shoulders and also involves forearms and wrists muscles. Side plank stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.
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