The Side kick series hand placement is practiced in the Classical position. The bottom palm of hand is pressed into the mat and in line with the waist. The shoulder blades are actively drawn down the back helping to support the rib cage.

However, people are spending more time at their computers and wreaking havoc on the wrists with repetitive wrist movements. The Stability position may be a more effective position because the wrist joint is stablized and supported using the fist.

To advance this series with the Challenge position, the bottom hand is slightly wrapped around the waist and lower ribs, to maintain a square ribcage, opposed to the ribs usually sinking into the mat. The shoulder blade connection on both sides is imperative to keep the spine from dipping down.

In my presentation of the full Intermediate mat, the first 3 exercises I incorporate the wrapping of the waist to support the bottom ribs, and the fist is used for the Bicycle.

Try what works for you. Classical, if there are no wrist issues, Stability, if there are, and the Challenge position to strengthen the ribcage. The final and most challenging  hand placement are the hands behind the base of the skull with the elbows wide.

Classical position - palm flat

Classical position – palm flat


Stability position - fist

Stability position – fist


Challenge position - hand wrapped around the low ribs

Challenge position – hand wrapped around the low ribs


2 replies
  1. ajc
    ajc says:

    Hello Darien, I have been practicing with your app. Very focused and effective. I’ve seen the sidekick series being done with the hand behind the head as well. I think I saw that in a Mari Windsor video. What are your thoughts on that?
    Thank you!

    • Darien
      Darien says:

      Hello Annjie,
      Please forgive me for responding so late. It looks like you reached out to me in March of this year? First, thank you so much for purchasing and using my app. I’m glad that it has helped you. Which app do you have, the Intermediate or the Advanced? To answer your question regarding hand placement for the Side Kick series. Both hands behind the head is what we were all taught, but it takes much strength to not sink the bottom ribs. If you want to send me a video of your practicing the Side Kick series with both hands behind your head, I’ll send you a few tips if needed. Thank you and my apologies for taking so long to respond to you! Darien


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