I made this one up. Well, I’m sure I picked some of it up somewhere. But I certainly made up the name. It’s not so much side plank as it is a chance to utilize your obliques in a new way.
Here’s Katy for a second day in a row demonstrating the move.
Thanks again Katy for being a wonderful model and dedicated student!
Let’s Do It
- Begin in kneeling side plank with your right knee down and left arm to the sky.
- Inhale, lift from your left arm so your right arm lifts off the ground and both arms form a “T”, palms facing down, arms out to the sides, torso stacked over hips.
- Exhale, float your left hand to your left thigh. Reach your right arm straight up.
- Inhale, extend toward the sky, stretching from your right knee through the whole right side of your body up to your finger tips.
- Exhale, float your right arm back to the ground with control, left arm to the sky, returning to side plank.
- Repeat this flow five to ten times. Switch sides.
- In kneeling side plank, make sure your bottom arm is stacked beneath your shoulders, so there’s a long, straight line running from your bottom hand through your chest and shoulders and up your lifted arm.
- Bring your bottom knee directly under your bottom hip for optimal stability.
- Extend your top leg straight out so the foot is in line with your bottom knee. You should feel like your body is in one singular plane.
- Engage your extended thigh and keep your top hip lifted, core engaged.
We primarily practice vinyasa yoga, meaning yoga that flows with the breath. It becomes a moving meditation, which can be very effective in clearing the mind and reducing stress from our hectic, daily lives.
“The Western world has become a seated society, which is why vinyasa yoga is so important: its orientation is breath and movement, and research shows that increased movement in a seated society is absolutely essential for health. Vinyasa yoga gets us moving.” ~ Eddie Modestini, renowned yoga instructor and student of BKS Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
I hope that this flow and yesterday’s flow will get you moving today and you’ll find some joy and freedom in the practice.