Side Plank Pose With Half Lotus Legs

Definition - What does Side Plank Pose With Half Lotus Legs mean?

Side plank pose with half lotus legs is an advanced variation of the balancing pose, side plank pose. It combines the benefits of both side plank and half lotus pose, and requires both strength and flexibility. In this posture, the body forms one straight line, side-on to the ground. It is supported by one hand and the outer edge of one foot. The other leg forms a half lotus leg shape with the foot resting on the front of the thigh. The top arm reaches around behind the body to take hold of the big toe.

Side plank pose with half lotus legs is known as a variation of vasisthasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Side Plank Pose With Half Lotus Legs

The benefits of this advanced side plank variation include:

  • Builds core strength

  • Improves balance and stability

  • Opens the hips

  • Releases tension in the legs and inner thighs

  • Stretches the muscles of the chest

This posture may also be performed with the body supported on the forearm instead of the hand, which can alleviate pressure on the wrist.

Side plank pose with half lotus legs can be modified and performed with the top leg in the tree leg variation position if half lotus is not available. A strap may also be used around the foot to help create the bind.

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