Vasisthasana - Posture of the Sage Vasistha


Introduction - Vasisthāsana

वसिष्ठ vasistha [vasiṣṭha]: the richest; the most eminent; the best - myth. from saptarsi Vasistha [vasiṣṭha] "the Best" or Vasistha [vaśiṣṭha] "From whom all wishes are granted," to whom the hymns of the Rgveda are attributed (see additional information below).

Synonyms: side plank; Indian sage.



This posture combines power and lightness.


Starting point

Lying down on one side, one hand in line with the shoulder is used as support. The legs are slightly bent and the feet are touching one another. The free hand rests on the thigh. The eyelids are open and the eyes fix a real or virtual point. The breathing is peaceful.


Then, during an exhalation, raise the pelvis and straighten the body while resting on the supporting hand and on the lateral side of the foot only. The body must be straight. In this position breathe several times.

Vasistha 1

During an exhalation, take the foot with the hand.

Vasistha 2


And stretch the leg upward up aiming at the vertical while maintaining the gaze.


Hold the position as long as possible while focusing on breathing correctly. If possible emphasize the full retention and extend the exhalation. Focus on maintaining the body straight as a rod.

Finally, during an exhalation come back to the initial position, close the eyelids and allow the body to come back to normal before doing the other side.


Vasistha is a brahmarsi, born from the spirit of Brahma; he died during the sacrifice of Daksa and was reborn during the sacrificial fire of Brahma; he cursed king Nimi for not having waited for him to start a 500 years sacrifice, condemning him to loose his body. Then, Nimi cursed him as well, and his body disappeared again. [MP] He was born again from the sperm spread by Mitra and Varuna [Mitravarunau]. His wishes are granted by his cow Nandini. His rival Visvamitra tried to steal it from him but his army was disbanded by its bellows; [Mah.] He refused to give way to king Kalmasapada, who stroke him with his whip. Then, he condemned him to become a vampire [raksasa]. The vampire devoured successively his 100 sons. Distressed, Vasistha attempted in vain to kill himself, then delivered the king from his speak after 12 years; ast. He is associated to the star Mizar of Ursa Major; his spouse is Arundhati, his companion-star; he incarnated himself on Earth as guru of Rama; he had 100 sons, of which the older was Sakti, who gave birth to Parasara.