In my previous post I shared a step-by-step tutorial on how to do side plank. While a tutorial gives you the how-to, putting things into practice is sometimes challenging. To that end, I created a 20-minute side plank yoga sequence to help build on what you learned in the tutorial.
Not only will this core yoga routine build upper body and core strength, but it will stretch out the muscles used afterwards. Side plank is a tough pose so that is definitely needed after a few repetitions. These shorter classes are great to use “as-is” or in combination with other classes to create your own class.
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Side plank yoga sequence
This side plank yoga sequence begins with some cat-cow on all fours. This primes the upper body and wrists for the work to come. For more preparation, come into downward facing dog and regular high plank pose.
From plank, drop to all fours. Extend the right leg back and rotate into kneeling side plank. This modification is again gives the upper body and wrists some more. Notice here, where is the weight in the hand, knee and foot? From here, return to all fours and rest before repeating on the other side.
The second time through this side plank yoga sequence, you have the choice to repeat the kneeling side plank. Or, try extending the bottom leg. Staggering the feet by placing the left foot behind the right foot. This allows a more stable base of support.
After repeating on the other side, come to rest for a few breaths before coming back to all fours for a wrist and forearm stretch. Turn the right hand so the back of the hand is on the floor and the fingers point to the knees. This may already be enough of a stretch. But, you could also lean back a little to increase the sensation of stretch or release. Repeat on the left side.
After the arm and wrist stretch come to sit crossed-legged, and take a side stretch for the obliques. The side waist gets a lot of work in this class so stay here for a few breaths.
Repeat the side stretch on the other side. Finally, come into resting. Settle here and take in the residue of the work you’ve completed. Your 20-minute side plank yoga sequence is almost done. you get to choose to stop and take a long savasana, or like in the video simply ending with three deep cleansing breaths.
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- Do you include side plank in your yoga or core routines?
- What is your favorite variation of side plank?
- Are you taking time to stretch after working your core?