Vasisthasana Definition

Vasisthasana is roughly translated in English as Arm Balancing Pose or Side Plank Pose.

The actual meaning in Sanskrit, “Vasishtha” means Wealth and “asana” means pose.

Practioner Level

This is a basic level yoga asana which can be performed by anyone.

Vasisthasana Effects

Vasisthasana stretches your Wrist and Back of the legs.

This will also help to strengthen your Arms, Wrists, Legs, and Navel area.

9 Amazing Vasisthasana Benefits

Here is the amazing list of benefits of this asana.

  • It strengthens and tones the arms, core, and legs.

  • It will improve focus and concentration.

  • This will stretch the back of the legs.

  • The sense of balance is improved with this asana.

  • This will help stretch your wrists and makes them stronger.

  • This will improve the mental and emotional balance.

  • This will boost up your confidence and self-esteem.

  • From the chakra activation perspective, it opens your heart chakra.

  • This will improve your transformative power and decisiveness.

Preliminary Asanas

You can do Adho Mukha Svanasana, Ardha Chandrasana, Plank Pose, Prasarita Padottanasana, Supta Padangusthasana, or Supta Virasana before doing this asana.

Check out the details on how to do all the yoga asanas.

How to do Vasisthasana?

Here is a step by step procedure on how to do Vasisthasana.

  • Take a few deep breaths and relax your physical body.
  • Start in Plank Pose, pressing firmly through your hands with your shoulders aligned over your wrists.
  • Keeping your core muscles and legs engaged, roll both your heels to the right.
  • Stack your left foot on top of the right.
  • Draw your legs together and push out through the feet.
  • Press down through the right hand and raise your left hand. Keep your lower belly engaged and your tailbone long.
  • Look up to your hand, or ahead of you.
  • Build up to stay in the pose for 5 breaths.
  • To come out, exhale as you lower your left hand and pivot your feet back to Plank position.
  • You can repeat it on the other side.
  • This completes the one round.
  • You can repeat this procedure for 3 more times.

Sarvangasana Video

Please do watch the below video for better clarity on the asana on how to perform it.

Follow-up Asanas for Vasisthasana

You can do Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Chaturanga Dandasana, Pincha Mayurasana, Salamba Sirsasana, Virabhadrasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Utthita Trikonasana after doing Vasisthasana.

Check out the details on how to do Adho Mukha Svanasana.

Note of Caution

Before you begin your actual spiritual practices, please do checkout the note of caution section once.


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