Side Plank Pose With One Leg Lifted

Definition - What does Side Plank Pose With One Leg Lifted mean?

Side plank pose with one leg lifted is a more challenging variation of the balancing posture, side plank pose. In this posture, the body forms one straight line, side-on to the ground and is supported by one hand and the outer edge of one foot. The other leg is straight and lifts up away from the lower leg. This makes it particularly challenging to balance. The top arm reaches upwards.

Side plank pose with one leg lifted is known as a variation of vasisthasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Side Plank Pose With One Leg Lifted

The benefits of this more advanced side plank variation include:

  • Improves core strength and stability

  • Boosts balance

  • Strengthens the arms, legs and torso

  • Works the side body

  • Improves the transfer of energy from upper to lower body by activating the core

Another variation of this posture can also be performed with the leg lifted, but the body supported on the forearm instead of the hand. This can be beneficial for yogis experiencing wrist pain.

Side plank pose with one leg lifted is a preparatory pose for full side plank pose, where the big toe of the lifted leg is held by the top arm.

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