In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Side Plank.
How-to: From a plank, lift your hips up slightly, then shift your weight into
one hand as you roll your whole body open to the side. Stack your hips,
knees, and ankles vertically on top of each other. Your shoulders,
hips and ankles should be in one straight line. Reach your top arm
straight up, forming a line from your planted wrist through your top
Tips: To make balance easier, rather than stacking your feet on top of each
other, simply leave your feet where they were in your plank as your roll
open to the side. The foot of your top leg will end up in front of
your other foot, giving you a more solid base. You can also rest your
lower knee on the ground to make it easier to hold this pose.
Benefits: Builds arm and shoulder strength. Good for patience.
Michael Taylor is a yoga guide at Strala Yoga in New York City. (Michael prefers "guide" to "instructor"). He's practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than two decades. He holds a degree in mind-body medicine from Harvard, and studied alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. Mike is also the CEO of social media company Odyl, climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles.