The Side Plank Yoga Pose

The Side Plank Yoga Pose

With the Side Plank alignment is very important in this one everything needs to be straight.

As with plank this can be done on a bent arm with elbow on ground or straight with palm on ground your choice.

Lay on your side make sure that the body is in a straight line.

Pick your arm position.

Feet you have the choice top leg directly on top of bottom so that feet are together or bring the foot slightly forward to help with balance.

This can also be done with the lower leg bent on the floor until strength builds.

As you breath in lift the hip off the floor you are again looking for a straight line no dipping.

Take the top arm up and face palm to the side you are looking make sure that you open the chest and shoulders and arms are stacked.

The Warrior 2 Yoga Pose

The Warrior 2 Yoga Pose

This is another pose that looks easy but there is a lot going on and is great for starting to open those hips.
Take your legs to a wide stance
The foot at the front of the mat should be pointing to the top end of the mat (toes first)
The back leg the foot wants to be a a 45 degree angle
Start off with both legs straight and the heel of the front foot should line up with the instep of the back foot
The shoulders and hips need to be facing the side of the mat and stay in that direction
Take the arms out wide and hold at shoulder height palms facing down.  These arms should be firm and solid not floppy and all over the place.
Take your gaze down the middle finger of the front hand
Take a deep breath in and on the out breath bend the front leg keep the knee going in the direction of the toes try to avoid the leg caving inwards.
Keeping the line of the front leg will open the hip and do not let the back leg roll round try to roll in outwards thus opening that hip
Bend the front leg as low as you can but if the knee goes over the ankle widen your stance.
Keep a check on that back arm it tends to wander.