- Strengthens the hands, wrists, shoulders, serratus anterior, chest, abs, obliques, back, glutes, TFL, hips, legs, ankles and feet.
- Improves balance.
- Enhances focus and concentration.
- Improves posture.
- Can help to alleviate lower back and shoulder pain.
- From Plank, shift your weight onto your right hand and come to the outside edge of your right foot in Side Plank. Stack your left foot on top of the right and flex both feet. Bring your left hand to your hip.
- Make sure that your right wrist is directly below your right shoulder to keep your shoulder safe.
- If you feel confident, you can straighten your left arm up to the sky.
- Look straight ahead or challenge your balance by looking up to your fingertips. Your ankles, hips and shoulders should all be in a straight line.
- Hold the pose still for 5-10 deep breaths, in and out through your nose.
- Take a deep breath in. Exhale, come back to Plank and switch to the other side.
You can practice Forearm Side Plank to protect your wrists. Draw your forearm towards your feet and engage your obliques.
SIDE PLANK MODIFICATION
- From all fours, sweep your right ankle 90 degrees to the right. Straighten your left leg and bring the inside of your left foot flat to the mat.
- Open up your body to the left. Your ankles, knees, hips and shoulders should all be in a straight line.
- Reach your top arm up and over.
- Hold the pose for 5-10 deep breaths, in and out through your nose.
- Take a deep breath in. Exhale, bring your left hand back down to the mat and switch sides.
SIDE PLANK VARIATIONS: One-Legged Side Plank
- To increase the difficulty of the pose, lift your top leg and flex both feet. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
Side Plank Tree Variation
- When you have mastered Side Plank, you can play around with different variations to increase the challenge.
- Avoid Side Plank if you have a wrist or ankle injury. If you have a wrist injury, you can practice this on your forearm.