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

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Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty-five years. She began as a research chemist with a concentration in genetics and nutritional biochemistry. After working in the medical field, she saw the need to follow a path of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education, 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 in her position overseeing Wellness and Fitness. She believes curiosity and collaboration bring insight and new ideas which bring out the best in everyone from team members to those who are making healthy lifestyle changes. Believing that the body knows how to heal if given the proper tools, Celeste earned certifications in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Classical Chinese Medicine and Homeopathic & Naturopathic Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2020. Celeste is a published author and practices what she preaches and teaches. She is a nationally recognized Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and has advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Genetics and Genomics. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT).

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