The Sanskrit word “Vasistha” means most excellent sage and is the name of a sage in the yoga tradition. There is a Vasistha who authored vedic hymns and one who is a rishi (meaning seer). Vasistha, the sage, is said to grant every wish and he is said to have infinite weath. Asana means pose in Sankrit. This asana is said to be dedicated to the sage Vasistha.
Benefits of the Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana):
Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) strengthens the arms, belly, and legs, the wrists and stretches the backs of the legs and also improves sense of balance.
How to perform the Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana):
– Start the asana from Plank Pose.
– Now, shift your weight onto your right arm as you roll onto the outside of your right foot.
– Keeping the both feet flexed, stack the left foot on top of the right with the legs very straight.
– Now bring your left arm up to the ceiling and the gaze to the left fingertips.
– Take several breaths and roll back the center and do the other side, resting in Downward Facing Dog between the two sides if you like.
Durations/Repetitions of the Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana):
Hold Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) for 30 seconds and repeat twice on both sides.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana):
Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose) is a difficulty level 5 asana recommended for intermediate yoga practitioner.