Pose of the Month: Side Plank

Vasisthasana (Pronounced: vah-sish-TAHS-anna)

Vasistha literally means “most excellent, best, richest.”

The side plank is a great pose for strengthening and toning the arms, core and legs. It also tests your balance helping to improve focus and concentration.

Instructions:

  1. From a high plank position place your right hand in the centre of the mat and move onto the outside edge of your right foot, stacking your left foot on top of the right.
  2. Swing your left hand into the air, reaching up towards the sky with your palm facing outwards. As you do this turn your torso to the left and support the weight of your body on the outer right foot and right hand.
  3. Straighten your supporting arm and lift your hips as high while reaching tall and spreading your fingers wide. Look up towards your outstretched hand while keeping your right hand and fingers grounded to the mat.
  4. If you find this too hard you can bring your lower knee onto the mat or for a harder pose you can lift your right leg making sure you keep it straight and that hips are kept high.
  5. Stay in this position for 15 to 30 seconds.
  6. Come back to your high plank position and repeat to the left side for the same length of time.

Don’t forget to breath and smile!!