Side Plank Pose will take common Plank Pose to a whole new level!
This pose will test you in a variety of ways, it's requires a combination of strength, balance and focus. This posture is of course closely related to it's so-called cousin, Plank Pose. However, one quick peek at Side Plank and you will notice that it will require a bit more effort!
There is a whole slew of Side Plank Pose variations. Some of the variations will make the posture even more challenging, while others will aid in making the pose a bit easier for beginner students. For example, the full pose as taught by BKS Iyengar will require the top leg to be held perpendicular to the floor while maintaining balance on one foot.
Vasisthasana is the Sanskrit name for this posture. The breakdown for the Sanskrit name is as follows, "Vasistha" meaning "Best or Excellent", and "Asana" meaning "Pose". Of course, like Plank Pose, the body also remains stiff like a wooden board during the posture. It's also worth noting that many great yoga sages throughout Hindu literature have been named "Vasistha".
There is no doubt that this posture offers a wide variety of benefits. As a matter of fact, the pose would qualify as a full body posture as the benefits reach the length of the body. It's important to keep in mind that Side Plank is no laughing matter and may not be easily accessible for all students. However, once attained, this pose will dish out plenty of benefits and fun!