Yoga is an amazing way to sculpt your body. From those arms that need a lift to those abs that need some sculpting after the holidays, yoga makes for a perfect and relaxing workout for both. Originating from ancient India, yoga has been an integral part of fitness here in the United States for many years, due to the health benefits and the body-sculpting attributes. Here are ten yoga moves that will sculpt your body from top to bottom.
The Tree Pose
This pose is amazing for the abdominal muscles! Bend your knee and place your foot flat against the inside of the opposite thigh, as high as possible. Once you can balance, bring your hands together to your chest. Make sure to keep your abdominal muscles tight and that you can easily breathe. Slowly raise your arms above your head keeping your palms together. Hold this pose for ten long breaths to stretch your ab muscles.
The warrior three will make you feel like a warrior for sure. Taking a strong stance, extend one leg straight back so it is parallel to the floor. Point your toes down towards the ground and spread your toes. Reach your arms out in front of you straight with your palms together (your body should be a straight line from fingertips to feet that runs parallel to the floor with your stabilizing leg planted directly below your hips). Take three deep breaths and then go back to the standing position. Repeat! You are sure to be feeling the burn.
This move is extremely challenging but it works. Keep your back long as you raise both legs off the floor and extend them out straight. At the same time, lift your upper body completely off the floor, extending your arms out from the shoulders for balance. Hold your belly in tight until you are in the shape of a “v”. Hold this pose for up to 60 seconds for maximum sculpt.
This move helps to strengthen and stabilize your core as it promotes balance. Use your foot and your one arm to balance your entire body. Place your hand on your hip for balance or raise your hand up high, fingers to the sky as you stretch and hold in your abdominals.
Start in the downward dog position with your glutes up in the air and your hands and feet on the ground. Raise one leg up in the air and point your toes towards the sky. Hold for 3 breaths. You will feel this in your arms and legs.
This challenging pose takes plenty of patience and practice to achieve. Balance your body on your hands, slowly drawing your knees in to your chest and resting them on your upper arms. Lift your head to look forward and hold for three breaths (or as long as possible).
Start by lying on your back with your feet pressed into the ground. Lift your body up using your arms and straighten them, bringing your body into an angle. Turn palms so that fingertip point towards your toes. Hold for three breaths. This pose will strengthen your arms and legs as well as your back.
Begin by lying on your stomach on the floor. This move is similar to a plank. Place your hands beside you as if you were going to do a push up and hold them there. Lift your body up a few inches to balance on your toes and hands.
For the more advanced yogi’s out there, the firefly pose includes balancing on your hands and arms as you take each leg out beside you in the air into a “v” shape. This pose will strengthen your core and sculpt your arms and legs as well as your glute muscles.
Start on all fours with your hands under your shoulders. Lift your hips to the ceiling and push back into the heels of your feet while pushing your hips towards the sky. Be sure to tuck you head and keep your ears lined up with your arms.
Yoga is a powerful exercise regimen that does amazing things to the body. Yoga has wonderful benefits including sculpting of the body. These ten yoga poses will start you off in the right direction to a healthier you!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richie started Hurricane Fitness in 2011. He started out as a boxer at the age of 11 and went on to win County, Provincial, National and International medals.
He later began running fitness classes and working as a personal trainer. Throughout his career he has worked alongside Olympic, World and European champions.
He continues to train clients both at home and abroad with a wide range of goals and needs.