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Vasiṣṭhāsana (Sanskrit: वसिष्ठासन) or Utthita Vasiṣṭhāsana (उत्थित वसिष्ठासन), also called side plank pose, is a balancing asana in hatha yoga.


The name comes from the Sanskrit वसिष्ठ Vasiṣṭha, a sage,[1] and Asana (आसन, āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".[2] Utthita (उत्थित) means extended.[3]


The pose is a balancing posture with the body, both legs, and both arms straight, the body on one side, and the upper leg and arm raised as high as possible;[4][5][6] the upper hand may grasp the foot, and the gaze may be directed to the upper hand.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Iyengar, B. K. S. (1979) [1966]. Light on Yoga. Schocken Books. pp. 309–311.
  2. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  3. ^ a b "Extended Side Plank | Utthita Vasiṣṭhāsana". Pocket Yoga. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Side Plank | Vasiṣṭhāsana". Pocket Yoga. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  5. ^ Ramaswami, Srivatsa (2001). Yoga for the Three Stages of Life: Developing Your Practice As an Art Form, a Physical Therapy, and a Guiding Philosophy. Simon and Schuster. p. 295. ISBN 978-1-59477-586-4.
  6. ^ Stickler, Jessica. "5 Ways to Practice Side Plank". Yoga International. Retrieved 28 November 2018.