This week’s pose focuses on strengthening core muscles and shoulders along with firming and toning your entire body. Lori Whitby of Slave Lake Smiling Dog Yoga says to begin on your hands and knees.
“Engage your core as you place the left hand under the left shoulder,” she says. “Press firmly into your mat and lift the right arm up while turning your torso to the right. Keep the head in line with your lengthened spine in a straight line. Relax the shoulders away from the ears.”
Modifications and props:
Practice this pose with elbows under the shoulders if your wrists are uncomfortable. Place the top hand on the top hip for more stability.
The knee down pose shown is the most accessible way to move into this pose. Slowly build up strength to straighten both legs.
Strengthens the core and the shoulder, firms and tones the whole body.
Make it more challenging:
Straighten both legs and place one foot in front of the other or stack the legs on top of each other.
Use caution if you have recently had abdominal surgery, have back or shoulder pain or if you have high blood pessure.
Camille Gatto demonstrating ‘side arm pose’.