Pause & Pose: Full Side Plank

Pause & Pose: Full Side Plank

We gave you a few weeks off for the holiday, but now it's time to kick it back into high gear! Our own Jessica James is here this week to show us the full side plank, an energizing and inspiring pose. (PS: If you're still having trouble getting your fitness goals back on track, check out our expert tips – we needed a little help too)

Full Side Plank Pose

Full Vasisthasana

Level 3

Benefits: This dynamic pose works to strengthen your side body, back, arms, and shoulders while stretching your hamstrings. It improves your balance and concentration, while stretching and reaching your limbs in all directions. It is a beautiful, full body experience that will leave you feeling energized.

Honest Tip: Open hamstrings are the key to finding full expression in this pose so make sure you warm up before you practice the full variation! Start in side plank, lift your top leg, bend your knee, and clasp your big toe with your lifted hand. Once you have a firm grasp of your toe with your middle and index finger, extend your leg straight, then reach your heart forward to keep your shoulder over your wrist. If you find your balance challenged in this pose, work to really engage your lower side body by lifting up and slightly arching the underside of your body. To challenge your balance, look up!

Now go pause, pose, and find peace. It's going to be a great year!

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