Modified side plank pose increases balance while toning the abdomen, especially the extended side. It strengthens the legs, arms and wrists. Both modified side plank and the full expression of side plank pose are considered effective poses for strengthening the abdominal muscles. Over time, this helps to improve the posture and protect the spine.
Benefits of this pose include:
- Strengthens and tones abdominal muscles
- Tones the side of the body
- Strengthens arms, wrists and legs
- Improves posture
- Promotes focus
- Improves balance
The full expression of Vasisthasana means "wealthy pose." In Hinduism, Vasistha was a saint who owned a divine cow. The cow's calves could grant wishes, making Vasistha wealthy. Likewise, modified side plank pose can help yogis feel confidently wealthy as they notice their balance and abdominal strength increasing over time.