Side Plank / Vasisthasana is not only a static posture that we hold/stay in at Detroit Yoga, but also often use as a transition to get from one position/posture to another. A demonstration of such a transition can be viewed here.
Like everything else, Side Plank takes time to develop, so be patient. A beginner modification can be dropping the bottom knee to the floor under the hip for support. And after some persistent practice this modification will no longer be needed.
I have witnessed so many new students struggle with this posture in the beginning that just kept showing up and never quit, who now practice it effortlessly. In the process, not only did they build a stronger upper body, but also developed the skill of breathing calmly in difficult situations as well as experience what happens when one perseveres through the seemingly impossible.
The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.
To watch a video tutorial going over Side Plank / Vasisthasana as well as other practice videos or to receive hands on guidance by enrolling in our classes locally click on the buttons below.
Jason D Schramm