Vasisthasana - Side Plank
Vasisthasana is a powerful arm balance and heart opener.
Vasitha translates into "most excellent, best, richest"
Vasitha is also a much respected yoga sage:
"Vasisthas found himself in a drawn out battle over a wish granting cow named nandini. Ultimately Vasisthas was a man full of grace and contentment, and even during the battle remained calm and never vengeful. Side Plank embodies a powerful yet peaceful attitude."
Benefits of Side Plank
ENERGY - MOOD - EMOTIONS
Increases self esteem
Creates a feeling of self empowerment
Promotes overall balance of mind and body
Calms nervous system
Improves nervous system
Strengthens and tones the arms, legs, spine, lower back, abdominals and obliques
Opens the heart and chest
CAN BE HELPFUL FOR
Contraindication & Cautions
Recovery from serious injury in ankles, wrists or shoulder.
HINTS & TIPS
If wrists are sore, come down onto your elbow.
Think about mountain pose here i.e squeeze inner thighs together, lenghten tailbone, roll shoulder blades back and allow the back of your skull to be in line with the back of your pelvis
Level 1 - 2
This is an invigorating yoga posture that requires strength, balance and focus.
Vasisthasana is such a versatile pose I love it, it allows us to feel strong and powerful while maintaining a sense of beauty. It not only builds strengh phyisically through the entire body but it also builds an inner strength and confidence. And don't worry of you wobble and fall as this encourages us not to take ourselves to seriously and develops our sense of humour. The phyiscal strength and balance will come with practice and compassion when we take a playful and fun approach to this pose.