Know your asana: Ek Hath Santolanasana

If Ek Hath Santolanasana is not a part of your regular yoga practice, then you are missing out on one of the most effective and safest core-strengthening exercises. The Side Plank primarily strengthens the obliques and arms.

What is so special about Ek Hath Santolanasana?

It is one of the best asanas to strengthen the upper body. Be it the core, obliques, arms or shoulders. This is a great balance, core and arm workout!


As the hips are lifted and core is engaged, the Manipura Chakra is stimulated.  The key to a healthy, open solar plexus chakra is finding a balance between making sure that your voice is heard without being pushed aside, but without overpowering other people with false displays of confidence/power.

Besides, a balanced solar plexus ensures that all the abdominal organs function effectively.

Benefits of Ek Hath Santolanasana

  • Strong and sculpted arms: The asana requires you to balance on one arm, so this is a great pose for strengthening your shoulders, wrists, and arms. Make sure to keep your arm strong.
  • Strengthens the core: As we engage the abs and the lower back for balance.
  • Tones the obliques and reduces the belly fat.
  • Improves balance and focus: as the asana requires us to be aware and spread the body weight equally on the hand and foot.


Raise your hip upwards.

Contra indications

Avoid in case of serious wrist, elbow or shoulder injuries.

Iti Jain


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ItI jain

Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).



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