The traditional poses get a muscle-strengthening twist.
Traditional yoga is a great way to strengthen the body (as well as the mind). Holding those challenging yoga poses builds up muscles, balance, and flexibility. Along with the fact that yoga is a low-impact exercise, these qualities make yoga perfect for maintaining strength and mobility in the joints while you age.
While any type of yoga will strengthen the body to some degree, some yoga poses will give you more power than others.
In this episode of Flow, yoga instructor Elise Joan guides you in variations of traditional yoga poses that are specifically designed to challenge the muscles and build strength. By incorporating balance poses and deep lunges, for example, the core and legs have to work extra hard to stabilize the body, giving you a more challenging, muscle-building yoga routine.
This yoga routine for strength includes the following yoga poses:
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog Split
Upward Facing Dog
Half Moon Pose
Many of these yoga poses are given a dynamic variation that will keep your body moving and your muscles working. If you fall from a tricky balance pose, it’s NBD. Just forgive yourself and jump right back in.
For more strength-building yoga, try this 10-minute routine that tones the core.