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vasiṣṭhāsana – side plank

vasiṣṭhāsana is a side opening hand balance and not one of the ‘bread and butter’ postures that are central to our practice.  But it can be good to challenge the body sometimes. The side plank does that as it strengthens the wrist, tones the spine and has an opening effect on the upper body. I was inspired to work with this posture having seen the film ‘Dancer’ about the life of the ballet dancer Sergei Polunin. Here, is a link to the key passage where Sergei uses steps similar to both the modified and full versions of vasiṣṭhāsana at the beginning of the dance.  


I hope you enjoy watching the soaring leaps and artistry as much as I do.  Click on ‘Read More’ below to watch the video…