Vasisthasana: August Yoga Pose of the Month


Provides strengthening for arms, back and core while lengthening spine

Side Plank Pose (Sanskrit: Vasisthasana)

  • From Plank, place right hand on mat under face. Shift to outside edge of your right foot. Your options for this pose are numerous. Top hand can be on waist or lifted towards sky.
    • You can drop bottom knee and lower leg on floor and lengthen top leg with inner foot on mat.
    • You may scissor feet so that both feet are on mat with the inside of your left foot on mat behind right making sure to lift hips away from floor.
    • You may come into Tree pose with top leg bent and foot on inner thigh or lower leg of supporting leg (not on knee joint). (shown above)
    • You may elevate top leg away from supporting leg and allow it to hover in air.
    • You may also advance the pose by reaching for the top foot with your top hand while extending that leg at a diagonal towards ceiling.
  •  Tips:
    • Make sure your supporting ankle is stable and not sickling.
    • Engage core to keep hips lifted.
    • You may make a fist with supporting hand if you have wrist concerns.
    • Gaze can be straight ahead or looking up at hand.
    • Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths. Repeat on other side.

Namaste – The light within me honors the grace and wisdom within you.



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Celeste Cooper-Peel, MA, MCHES, E-RYT, CWHC, CYT

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Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty years. As a chemist, she conducted research which brought her into the mindset of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education from East Carolina University, she ventured into the mind/body world receiving training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. Shortly after, she received the 2003 Wellness in the Workplace Award for a large health system in the state of Virginia. In 2004, Celeste joined SAS Institute, Inc. and continues to be passionate about all things wellness. She enjoys collaborating with team members, teaching, presenting and nurturing healthy lifestyle changes. She believes that every day is a learning opportunity and creates opportunities that reflect active learning, being curious and forward thinking. Celeste is a published author, the wife of a fun-loving husband, mother of a college freshman, "professional" front porch meditator and loves to play in the dirt . She is a nationally Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Certified Wellness and Health Coach (CWHC), Certified Yin-Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT). She has also received advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition and additional trainings with The Institute for Functional Medicine. Follow @ccooperpeel on Twitter and Instagram.

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