Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)

 vasisthasana, side plank pose

Benefits

  • Strengthens the arms, belly, and legs
  • Stretches and strengthens the wrists
  • Stretches the backs of the legs 
  • Improves sense of balance

This pose allows you to learn about your balance as you move through its various stages.  

How to do it: Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Shift your weight onto the outside of your left foot and bring your right foot on top of your left. If you are just beginning this pose, it might be easier to place your right foot on the floor behind your left. Lift your right hand off the floor and turn your body so that your torso faces the wall and you are balanced on your left hand and foot. If it’s available to you, bend your right leg in and reach for your right toes. Extend your right leg. Remain here for 15 to 30 seconds before releasing and repeating on the other side. YogaPaws make give great padding for your wrist if you feel discomfort in this pose. Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)