Side Plank is great for strengthening the arms, abdomen and legs. It also stretches the backs of the legs and improves balance.
HOW TO DO IT: Begin in Plank Pose. Shift to your right onto the outside edge of your right foot. Place your left hand on your left hip as you ground yourself in your right hand and outside right foot. Your right hand should be slightly in front of the shoulder, and your body should be in a straight diagonal line at this point with your feet stacked on top of one another. If you feel unsteady, try placing the soles of your feet against a wall for support. Firm your shoulder blades and strengthen your thighs. Reach your left arm toward the ceiling. Allow your head to stay in a neutral position or look up to the ceiling. For the full expression of the pose, you may bring your left thigh toward your torso and take ahold of the outside of your left foot with your left hand, extending the leg toward the ceiling. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Gently return to starting position. Rest for a few breaths and then repeat on the other side. Remember to breathe.