Mindful Monday 020

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Lovers gonna Love, even on a Monday! Welcome to another installment of Mindful Monday here at Illuminated By U. Today’s asana is side plank also known as vasisthasana. As always, please consult your physician prior to beginning this or any other exercise regiment.

To begin, start in downward facing dog. Shift onto the outside edge of your choice of foot, and stack your other foot on top. Swing your hand onto the upper hip, turn your torso as you do, and support the weight of your body on the outer foot and hand.

Be sure that the supporting hand isn’t directly below it’s shoulder; position the hand slightly in front, so the supporting arm is angled a bit relative to the floor. Straighten the arm by firming the triceps and press the base of the index finger firmly against the floor.

Firm the scapula and sacrum against the back torso. Strengthen the thighs and press through the heels toward the floor. For an additional challenge, lift your top leg slightly (as shown). Stay in this position for 15-30 seconds prior to switching sides.

benefits: strengthens the arms, belly, and legs. Improves sense of balance.

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