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Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)

Steps of Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)

Get into the Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog Pose. Place your right foot on top of your left foot. Place your hand on your hip and turn your body accordingly. You will now be supporting the weight of your body on your foot and hand on the left.

Place the hand that supports your body a little ahead of your shoulders so that it is done in a slight angle from the floor. Keep your arm straight with the palm pressed firmly on the ground.

Now tighten your thighs and apply weight on the floor through the heels of your legs. Your whole body is now in a diagonal alignment with the floor.

You can also raise your right hand upward and remain in this balanced position for a while.

Return to the Downward Facing Dog pose again and perform the same exercise on your right side.

When complete, move into the Balasana (Child Pose).

Benefits of Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)

This pose greatly improves the balance of your body.

Your muscles get toned up well.

The back of your legs and wrists get a good stretch.

Your inner core strength is also greatly enhanced.


Side Plank Pose or Vasisthasana is a powerful yoga exercise that can be done in varying levels of intensity.

Hence, you need to be physically fit to perform this asana.

Side Plank Pose precautions need to be exercised in case you are suffering from or recovering from an injury in your neck, shoulders, or ankles.

These are the parts of your body that need to take up the weight of your frame and hence, avoid this pose if you sustain an injury.


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