As more and more people catch on to the health benefits of Yoga it’s becoming more apparent that yoga is an art and an exercise which carries many different uses for the body – including relaxation, increased flexibility and strength. Unfortunately, many people are still unaware of that third benefit, and overlook yoga as a way of building up and toning your muscles. To help with this, we’ve put together a list of the best ways to build up muscle strength through yoga. Each of these exercises work well in conjunction with muscle building exercises.
For a start, there is the triangle pose, where you stand with your legs splayed into a triangle, arms stretched out fully and bent to the side and the waist so that one hand brushes the floor. This helps with exercises such as the deadlift and the kettlebell windmill.
Then there is the extended side angle pose, where you bend forward on one knee, with your other leg stretched out behind you, one arm touching the ground and the other reaching up to the sky. This helps with lengthening your lats, as well as any squatting patterns.
One of the most famous yoga poses is the Downward Facing Dog. Here, you stand on your mat, with your feet and hands flat on the ground and your back and legs completely straight into a triangle shape. This will lengthen your back and decompress your spine whilst strengthening your Achilles tendon.
You will need a table or other form of support for the low pyramid rose. Here you stand with your legs splayed out one in front of the other whilst you bend forward, back straight, your arms stretched out ahead of you onto a support or table. This stretches your hamstrings and your IT band – if you’re a cyclist then this exercise is an absolute must.
It’s no surprise that the warrior poses are ideal for building up muscle strength. To do a warrior 1 pose, stand with your back straight, arms in the air and stretch forward on to one leg, with your other leg stretched out behind you. This will help to strengthen your thoracic extension, along with your hip and shoulder flexion.
When taking any kind of exercise, it is always important to take breaks, so as not to over exert yourself. If you’re on an exercise break, there are numerous things you can do to keep you occupied, including read a book, call a friend, or play and win money on bingo sites with low wagering requirements Whatever you do, make sure it’s nice and relaxing so that you can get the full benefits and rest that you need – particularly if you are using these in conjunction with higher impact exercise which may exert your muscles further.