Being in shape means more than the number on the scale. When you feel and look like you’re in shape, that means your body is lean.
Yoga can help you get lean because it lengthens and tones your muscles. When you’re leaner, you’re also stronger. Who doesn’t want that?
Learn how to lean out with these 4 Yoga Poses.
Downward Facing Dog
Perhaps one of the most well-known yoga poses, downward facing dog tones the arms and legs while giving your shoulders, hamstrings, and calves a good stretch.
Start in mountain pose and reach your hands to the floor. Walk your hands out about three feet in front of your toes. Lift up your hips as you push into your palms and press back into your heels.
The goal is to get them flat on the ground. If you keep your knees slightly bent you’ll have a better chance of doing this. Keep your gaze towards your leg as you take a few breaths before releasing.
If you’re looking to get leaner quads, hamstrings, and abs, then boat pose is for you.
Plant your feet firmly on the floor with your knees close to your chest. Hold behind your knees and lift your feet. You can either keep your hands on the backs of your thighs or stretch them forward. To turn it up a notch, straighten your legs and raise your arms up.
Half Moon Pose
Half moon pose is a good one to try if you want to tone the glutes, hamstrings, and obliques. It also stretches the calves and shoulders.
Put your right hand on the floor about 10 inches diagonally in front of you. Make sure it’s on the outside of your right foot. Raise your left arm and straighten your right leg as you lift your left leg straight into the air.
Make sure your foot is flexed and pointed to the side. Look up at your left hand and stay here for five breaths.
Incorporate bridge pose into your routine for lean thighs and abs.
Lie on your back with your arms face down by your sides. Make a tent with your knees and separate them about hip-width apart. Try to get your heels close to your butt so you can reach them with your fingertips. Engage your lower abs.
If you’re doing it right, your lower back will rise off the floor. Guide your hips up by pushing through your thighs while pressing down into your feet. Keep your knees pointed forward. Hold for a few breaths then lower down.
These yoga poses are easy enough that you can do them in the comfort of your own home.
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Make these yoga poses part of your daily routine and watch your body transform to a lean machine!