Learn the three best yoga poses to tone your body, and how to safely and correctly execute them. This is a guest post written by Emily Adams, a passionate yogi and marketing specialist at Yogi Wear.
Looking for a fun way to get more energy, relieve stress, and tone your body? You can’t go wrong with yoga.
Yoga forces you into the present moment, where you can observe your mind, body, and movement to gain greater awareness of self. And perhaps the best part is that although you won’t feel like you’re working out, you most definitely are.
The Science Behind Yoga
There have been numerous studies that prove that yoga not only decreases the stress hormone levels in the body, it also increases insulin sensitivity. What does this mean? In layman’s terms, this tells your body to use food as fuel instead of storing it as fat.
Furthermore, there’s a dynamic process that starts to happen when muscles are being strengthened and stretched at the same time. The connective tissue and muscle fibers get longer and the added resistance creates tension that helps the body build and maintain a toned appearance. For these reasons, yoga is an excellent way to tone virtually every major muscle group including the booty and abs. And it does all this while calming the mind, relieving tension, and removing stress—making yoga great for the soul, body, and mind. How can you beat that?
Now, let’s go over the three best yoga poses to tone your body and how to safely and correctly execute them.
The Best Yoga Poses to Tone Your Body
No matter your level of fitness, yoga will leave your body feeling capable, powerful, and strong. To help you get started on your journey to a leaner, toner body, check out the following best yoga poses to tone your body:
1. Downward Facing Dog
This exercise tones the legs and arms.
Getting it Done:
- From a standing position bend over, reaching your hands toward the floor. Bend your knees if you need to.
- Walk your hands forward until they are about 3 or 4 feet away from your toes.
- Push into your palms, lifting your hips towards the sky. Press down into your heels, keeping them as flat against the ground as you can.
- Look towards your legs and press your chest towards your thigh, creating a nice flat back. Stay here for about 20 seconds.
2. High Plank to Low Plank
This exercise tones your back, abs, arms, shoulders, and upper thighs.
Getting it Done:
- Start out in a push-up position with your arms and legs straight.
- Place your hands under your shoulders and hold this position. Breath in and out.
- Lower your chest towards the ground while simultaneously keeping your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Squeeze them against the side of your body.
- Keep both your upper and lower body straight and use your abs to support your posture. Lower your body to the ground.
- Repeat at least three times.
3. Bridge Pose
This exercise tones your thighs and abs.
Getting it Done:
- Start out lying on your back, arms at your sides, with your palms facing down.
- Bend your knees, keeping them hips-width apart. Also, try to get your heels as close to your butt as you can. You should be able to touch them with your fingers.
- Engage your abdominal muscles and pull them towards your spine. Lift your lower back up off the floor. Push up with your thighs while simultaneously pushing your feet into the floor.
- Hold for a couple of breaths and lower your body down.
- Repeat at least 5 times.