Supported Side Plank Pose

Definition - What does Supported Side Plank Pose mean?

Supported side plank pose is an easier variation of side plank pose that stretches the hips and helps with balance, particularly if the yogi finds it difficult to stack his legs in the full expression of the pose. In Sanskrit, it is known as salamba vasisthasana.

Beginning in straight-arm plank pose, the yogi bends one knee, bringing the foot forward to the halfway point of the body. He then rotates his body until the chest faces toward the bent left and the upper arm reaches to the sky. The foot also rotates so the toes point forward.

Yogapedia explains Supported Side Plank Pose

This pose can also be practiced from downward-facing dog and can be followed by down dog. In addition to opening the hips, supported side plank has a range of physical benefits, including:

  • Building core strength
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Improving balance
  • Strengthening the arms, wrists and shoulders
  • Stretching the hamstrings
  • Tones the abdominal muscles and the lower back

Supported side plank pose also helps concentration, focus, confidence and self-esteem.

If you have ankle, arm, wrist or shoulder problems, you should skip supported side plank pose.

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