Supported Side Plank Pose

Salamba vasisthasana

Supported Side Plank Pose

What is Supported Side Plank Pose?

Supported side plank pose, or salamba vasisthasana in Sanskrit, is a modified version of side plank pose. With the top leg bent and foot flat on the floor, the pose is more accessible to those who find it difficult to balance with the feet stacked. This variation still strengthens the legs, core and arms.


  • Begin in plank pose.
  • Bend the left knee and place the foot on the floor about halfway up the body.
  • Inhale and reach the left arm to the sky, opening the chest to the side.
  • Breathe while holding the pose. Change sides.


  • Avoid if there is ankle, wrist or shoulder injury

Benefits of Supported Side Plank Pose

  • Tones the abdominal muscles and the lower back
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves balance, focus and concentration
  • Strengthens the arms, wrists and shoulders
  • Stretches the hamstrings

Supported Side Plank Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Salamba vasisthasana
SHAH-lam-bah vah-seesh-THAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Parshva (Side)
Pose Type
Balancing, Chest Openers, Core, Strength
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