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#StrongYogi Pose: Side Plank

Our #StrongYogi pose of the month is Vashistasana, or side plank. Side plank is a really difficult pose that requires a lot of upper body strength, but do not be intimidated!
YOGA-POSES-SM-9243There are a number of different variations, and you can find one to fit your body’s needs. It strengthens the arms, back, core, and wrists. It also increases your sense of balance.

1. Start in a high plank, or top of a push up.

2. Plant your right hand in front of you, underneath your right shoulder.

3. Spin both heels to the right side of the mat and spin your toes to the left side.

4. Open up your chest, shoulders, core, and legs to the left side of the room and lift your left arm to the sky.

5. Keep reaching the hips up as you engage the core.

6. Let the gaze follow your lifted hand.

To modify: drop your bottom right knee to the ground and use the knee and shin as a kickstand on the ground. This will offer extra support for your right wrist and shoulder.

What #StrongYogi pose do you want to see broken down? We’ll gladly post about it for you.

Aubrey is a yogini that wears many hats: yoga instructor and yoga director at Life Yoga in New Orleans, a marketing assistant, a lover of chocolate, and a blogger. To see her teaching schedule and find out more about her, check out her personal page.

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  1. […] Rupakheti of Namaste Yoga Centre in Belfast demonstrates Side Plank Pose, also known as Vasisthasana, along with a few modifications and variations on the pose for […]

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