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3 Prep Poses for One-Legged Side Plank

Strengthen your core and outer hips and stretch your inner thighs and hamstrings in these prep poses for Eka Pada Vasisthasana.

Strengthen your core and outer hips and stretch your inner thighs and hamstrings in these prep poses for Eka Pada Vasisthasana.

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Half Boat Pose

prep poses for one-legged side plank

Ardha Navasana

Benefits
Strengthens your hip flexors, deep core muscles, and all the muscles of your abdominal wall
Instruction
Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose), with your legs stretched forward and your torso upright. Interlace your fingers behind your head and exhale as you lean back onto your sacrum in an open V shape: Strongly engage your pelvic floor and lower belly, and simultaneously lift both legs off the floor until your toes are the same height as your nose. Squeeze your legs together and continue to engage your core muscles and pelvic floor, lifting your lower belly in and up toward your sternum. Move your shoulder blades away from your ears and widen your elbows. Hold for 5–8 breaths. Exhale, lower your legs, and rest for a few breaths. Repeat two more times.

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Extended Triangle Pose

prep poses for one-legged side plank

Utthita Trikonasana

Benefits
Stretches your hamstrings and inner thighs; strengthens your quadriceps and outer hips
Instruction
Stand in Mountain Pose. On an inhale, step your feet out about 4 feet apart. Stretch your arms straight out from your shoulders. Adjust your stance so your ankles are as wide as your wrists. Turn your left foot in slightly and turn your right foot and leg out 90 degrees. Lift your knee- caps. Inhale, lift your spine. Exhale, lean to your right as you shift your pelvis to the left, and bring your right hand down to the floor or block outside your shin. Stretch your left arm up. Turn your belly to the left and look up. Stay for 5 breaths; repeat on the other side.

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Half Moon Pose

prep poses for one-legged side plank

Ardha Chandrasana

Benefits
Stretches your hamstrings and inner thighs; strengthens your hip muscles; helps to develop balance and equanimity
Instruction
Return to Triangle Pose on the right side; exhale, look down, bend your right knee, step your left foot in, and place your right hand on the floor or a block 8–12 inches in front of your little toe. Inhale, lift your left leg so it’s parallel to the long edges of your mat. Straighten your right knee. Scoop your right buttock toward your left foot. Stretch the left arm up. Engage your core. If you’re balanced, turn your head to look up to your left hand. Hold for 5–8 breaths. Exhale, look down, bend your right knee, and slowly step your left leg down. Repeat on the other side.

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Teacher and model Noah Mazé founded Noah Mazé Yoga in 2003; in 2012, he founded his Los Angeles–based YOGAMAZÉ yoga school, which offers online and in-person teacher trainings. His curriculum combines detailed alignment with vinyasa theory. He began practicing yoga at age 14, studying with Richard Freeman, Pattabhi Jois, John Friend, and Manouso Manos, and he continues to study with teachers of all yoga styles and traditions. Learn more at yogamaze.net.