Vasisthasana (Side Plank), Camatkarasana (Wild Thing) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Vasisthasana (Side Plank), and related poses such as Side Forearm Plank, Kasyapasana (Half Bound Lotus Side Plank) and Camatkarasana (Wild Thing).
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; associated mythology, and more teaching considerations.



“Vasistha” = name of a sage

Side Plank Pose


Pose Dedicated to Kasyapa

Half Bound Lotus Side Plank

Heart of Pose

  • Arm Balance
  • Core Strengthening


  • Helps to prepare for more challenging arm balances.
  • Yoga International calls the full version (clasping toe) Vasisthasana B.

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