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10 Yoga Poses That Improve Core Strength (And Tone Abs!)

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Updated October 09, 2013

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5. Side Plank Pose - Vasisthasana
Side Plank Pose - Vasisthasana

Side Plank Pose - Vasisthasana

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1. From Plank, shift your weight onto your right arm as you roll onto the outside of your right foot.

2. Keeping both feet flexed, stack your left foot on top of the right with your legs very straight.

3. Bring your left arm up towards the ceiling and your gaze to the left fingertips, coming into Side Plank.

After 3-5 breaths, roll back to the center and do the other side, resting in Downward Facing Dog between the two sides if you like.

Beginners' Variation: If the balance is too difficult, try these supported variations.

Challenge Variation: Lift your left foot, hovering it above the right. If you still need more, try full Vasisthasana.

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