Side Plank

This pose is sometimes referred to as Sage Pose as vasistaha is a term meaning "most excellent or best sage."

Step by step instructions

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Exercise Steps 1

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Begin in Plank Pose.

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Exercise Steps 2

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Transfer your weight onto your leftt hand and the outer edge of your left foot. Right foot stacks on top of the left, flexed.

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Exercise Steps 3

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Reach your right arm toward the ceiling. Look up at your right thumb and lift your hips away from the ground. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths and then repeat on the other side.

Mistakes and Tips

  1. For full extention on the pose, straighten your limbs and allow your head to fall back.
  2. This pose strengthens the arms and glutes, opens the hips, chest and shoulders, and allows for deeper breathing.
  3. Avoid this pose if you have rotator cuff injuries or wrist maladies, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  4. You can take the shin of your front leg to the ground until you build enough arm strength for the full variation.