Asana of the week- side plank

Vasisthasana

vasisthasana

Sorry to be throwing so many pesky planks your way, but this is a true power move. Everything is working here, every muscle is alive. It incorporates strength, balance, and it introduces us to our obliques. Again, no amount of bicycle crunches pack that much of a punch.

  • Begin in plank. Bring your heels together and pivot onto your right heel, stacking the left on top.
  • Open your body to the side, reaching your arm up stacking your joints.
  • Squeeze your right side to the sky.
  • Look up into your palm.
  • Repeat on your left side.

Troubleshooting. If you’re having problems with balance, place the toes of your top leg behind your bottom leg into a variation of wild thing pose.

More. To really fire up that core, take your top foot to tree pose, OR lift it so it is parallel to the ground. To really get going- take your top foot to tree pose and leave it there, then pivot to a regular plank pose and do three complete pushups. Repeat on the other side.

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2 thoughts on “Asana of the week- side plank

  1. Lisa O'Brien, lifeyum says:

    Love your asanas! The variations are wonderful. Vasisthasana and I have a love/hate thing going, but it’s such a good wake up for your side body. I offer knee down (in line with palm balancing on) for a variation of gate pose, too, before lifting into side plank. That makes it easier for some (me, included) to lift their top leg and find stability. {💗 to my teacher, Jennilee, for that and so much more.}

  2. sti says:

    It definitely makes you feel powerful when you nail the transition between gate and side plank!

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