Yoga is one of the best strength building workouts available for beginners. Yoga poses use isometric and eccentric contractions, which strengthen muscles as they are stretched. During a yoga sequence we use our own body weight, which helps you develop strong, lean muscles all over. This includes arms, core, legs and back.
Here are 7 effective yoga poses to build your strength.
Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Facing Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana posture replicates a dog bending forward, hence the name downward facing dog pose. This asana can be practiced by any beginner too and with all its benefits, one should include it as a part of daily yoga practice. It is a standing pose and mild inversion that builds strength while stretching the whole body.
Plank is a truly foundational pose. It teaches you to hold yourself together—like a sturdy wooden plank—giving you the power you need for complex poses and the grace to glide with ease through transitions between poses. Plank will build your abdominal strength; you might even find yourself shaking as you practice it. It can strengthen your arms and keep your wrists supple and healthy.
Chaturanga Dandasana - Four-Limbed Staff Pose
The word ‘Chaturanga Dandasana’ is comes from Sanskrit, in which the meaning of Chatur is “four”, Anga means “limbs”, danda means “staff” and meaning of Asana is seat, pose or posture. In this pose our both hands and both legs are used so that’s why this is called four- limbed staff pose and also known as low plank pose.
Chaturanga strengthens and tones the wrists, arms, abdominal muscles, and lower back. It prepares the body for more challenging arm balances. Similar to a traditional push-up, it also strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, which helps to improve posture.
Ardha Pincha Mayurasana - Dolphin Pose
Dolphin Pose is very much similar to the Downward Facing Dog Pose, with the forearms lying on the ground instead of your palms. Dolphin requires an open chest, shoulder girdle as well as willing hamstrings. Dolphin pose is one of those Asanas that help you set up your psyche and body for a full reversal. Dolphin Pose calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. It stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves and arches while strengthening the arms and legs.
Utkatasana - Chair Pose
Chair Pose — Utkatasana is a standing yoga posture that tones the entire body, particularly the thighs! The positioning of this asana is just like sitting on a chair except that you need to balance yourself without the use of a chair. This asana increases strength, balance and stability.
Virabhadrasana II - Warrior 2 Pose
Warrior 2 — Virabhadrasana II is a standing yoga pose named after a mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadra. A powerful stretch for the legs, groins, and chest, Virabhadrasana II also increases stamina. It helps to relieve backaches, and stimulates healthy digestion. This is a deep hip-opening pose that strengthens the muscles in the thighs and buttocks. It tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet.
Salabhasana - Locust Pose
Salabhasana - the name comes from the Sanskrit words "shalabh" which means "grasshopper". It is back bend, or spine stretch, using the strength of the upper and middle back to lift the weight of the legs as high as possible from a starting position face down on the floor. It improves flexibility and coordination and increases strength and stamina. It helps to exercise the spine.
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