Side Plank Pose


What is Side Plank Pose?

Side plank pose, or vasishtasana in Sanskrit, is both a balancing and strengthening posture. From plank pose, the yogi shifts their weight to one hand and reaches the other toward the sky. The pose is dedicated to the sage, Vasishta, who represents dignity and power.


  • Begin in plank pose.
  • Exhale and shift the bodyweight to the right hand and edge of the right foot, stacking the left foot on top of the right.
  • Inhale and reach the left hand to the sky. Keep the hips in line with the knees and shoulders.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Avoid if there is wrist injury

Benefits of Side Plank Pose

  • Improves balance
  • Improves focus
  • Strengthens arms and core
  • Opens the anahata and manipura chakras

Side Plank Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Vasishtasana
Pronunciation: vah-seesh-TAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Parshva (Side)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Balancing, Core, Strength

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