Monday, September 20, 2010


The Inclined Plank Pose
Last week we saw how to do the Upward Plank Pose or Purvottanasana. Simple poses like Plank pose often would have variation that can be complex. The whole point is to give a small amount of challenge not just for you, but also for your body. Here is yet another variation of that simple pose known as Vasisthasana or The Inclined Plank pose or Side Plank pose as some speaks.

This pose being known in Sanskrit as Vasisthasana is named in the honour of one of the most honoured sages during the Vedic time known as Sage Vasistha. The name itself “Vasistha” means “the most excellent or best”.

How to do Vasisthasana or Side Plank Pose?

1] Start the pose with how one starts for Plank pose. Come to a point where we are in plank pose or Chaturanga Dandasana .
2] Now slowly rotate your entire body to the right. This would bring the weight of the whole on the left flank of the left foot and the left palm.
3] Raise your right arm so that it becomes perpendicular to the ground below. Keeps it straight and extended with fingers pointing high up in the sky?
4] Make sure the whole body is lined properly from the head to the hip and to the end of the left foot.
5] Balance in this pose for a while may be 3 to 4 breath and then come back to Plank pose.
6] Try to do this pose now on the other side.

1] For all those who have issues with feet, ankles, wrist should avoid or try to do this pose with proper guidance.
2] In this pose it’s important to have the alignment properly. The hips should not drop from that line.

1] The first and foremost benefit of this pose is that it strengthen the arms and the wrist joint.
2] It also stretches the back of the legs
3] Gives and improves the sense of balance in the doer.

Posted by Sudeep

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