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How to Do Side Plank Pose

3 Tips For a Stronger Side Plank

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Side Plank is a challenging pose that helps you build a strong core and balance. If you always cringe when this pose gets called out by your yoga teacher, it's time to revisit the basics. Take a deep breath and read these tips to build a stronger pose instantly.

Draw a straight line: Proper arm alignment is key if you want to rock this pose. Your palm should be planted on the centre of your mat, directly below your chest. Once you press up into Side Plank, lengthen your free arm out toward the ceiling. Imagine drawing a straight line across your chest from your hand on the ground to your hand in the sky.

Inner thigh to ceiling: While the arms are important, it's not a good idea to rely entirely on your upper body. It's integral to engage strong legs in order to get the most of this pose. A great tip I love? Try to push your inner thighs to the ceiling. This tiny shift in your perspective will help get the legs working hard and make the pose far easier on your upper body.

Lighten up your footwork: Certain folks in yoga class go into all sorts of advanced variations in this pose. If you're just getting down the basics of balance, there's no need to try to grab your toe right away. Focus on pressing the arches of your feet together for support. If this feels like too much, don't get stressed. Simply drop your free foot in front of your planking leg. It will really take the edge off, and you'll still get the vibe of the pose.

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