Credit: Frank Heckers

This calming sequence tones the body as it trains the mind in the power of positive thinking.

Side Plank


Strengthens your core, tones your obliques.


Opens your chest, the seat of your emotional self, to release pent-up feelings.

Side Plank How-To

Begin in Downward Dog, heel-toeing your feet to the center of your mat. Engage your core and anchor your shoulder blades for stability, then rotate from the hips to the left into a side plank position, shifting the weight to the outer edge of your right foot. Put your left foot parallel on top of your right, or slightly behind. Extend your left arm and lift your right hip, keeping balanced and centered. Take five breaths in this position. Return to center and repeat on the other side. Repeat two or three times on each side; rest for one minute, then do another set.


Keeping your right leg extended, cross your left leg over your right, putting your left foot flat on the floor for support and stability.

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Comments (1)

Martha Stewart Member
January 13, 2013
my body too tight!!