Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)

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1. My bottom hand is way too far forward - I see this too often in this pose! It is so important that your bottom wrist is directly in line with your shoulder, creating a straight line from your bottom wrist to your top hand's fingertips! Not only does it feel better, but you are not building strength and getting the full benefits of the pose when you practice incorrectly.

2. Instead of keeping my core tight, I'm letting my top hand fall back which is causing my back to arch slightly! You should have a neutral spine and your tail bone should be slightly tucked in with your frontal hip points going towards your rib cage. Keep your top hand directly above your shoulder to avoid bending your back! 
3. My legs are not engaged and my bottom hip is hanging towards the floor. You want to create a beautiful arch in your side when you lift up into side plank. You can do this by engaging through your legs and flexing your feet strongly. Additionally, make sure you're actively lifting up through your side body and not dumping into your hips! If you can make these changes you're going to get the most amazing side stretch and strengthen your entire core! 


Stagger your legs: place your top foot in front of your bottom foot for stability. You can also practice with your bottom knee on the ground!