Yoga is considered one of the best forms of exercise for anyone who wants to achieve calmness and relaxation while improving their flexibility. But what most people do not know is that engaging in yoga is a great way to strengthen your upper body without bulking up. It will help you build long, lean arm muscles. Here are five simple yoga poses to help you get amazing arms to show off during the summer.
Start this pose on your fours. Your forearms should be parallel to each other and ensure you keep them shoulder-width apart on your mat. Arch your toes and push your feet back. Make sure your legs remain straight. Place your shoulders over the elbows. The heels, hips, and shoulders need to be in a straight line. Extend your tailbone towards the heels and keep the front ribs inside. Look slightly beyond your fingertips to complete this pose.
For this pose, you need to get down on all fours. Make sure your knees are hip-width apart while your hands are shoulder-width apart. Hips should be piled over the knees and shoulders over wrists. Place you hands a couple of inches away from the shoulders. Keep your toes arched as you lift the hips and flatten your legs. Lift your pelvis and make sure all your fingers are flat on the surface. Turn your arms inward. This helps to broaden the upper back. Draw in the rib cage as you push back your legs. Lengthen your heels, pulling them towards the surface.
Start with the plank pose. Place the left palm in the middle of your yoga mat and then roll onto the edge of the left foot. Place the right foot over the top of the left one. Push deeply into the left palm as you move the shoulder from the earlobe. Place your right shoulder above the left one. Engage the obliques to help you raise and stack the hips. Stretch the right arm straight and upward and look up or to the sides. Repeat this pose for the right side.
Dolphin with Leg Lift
Start on your fours. Place the forearms on your mat and make sure they are shoulder-width apart. Arch the toes and then lift up your hips. Straighten the legs and try to walk towards the hands. Your shoulders should be directly over the elbows as you do this. Keep your neck relaxed and look forward. Lift one of your legs, spreading your toes. Repeat this pose for the other side.
Get on your fours to begin this pose. Broaden your gaze and look ahead. Make sure the front ribs remain in while you bend the elbows to achieve a 90-degree angle. Your elbows also need to remain in and placed over the wrists. Bring down the shoulders to keep them in line with the elbows. Maintain the extended gaze and elevated shoulders. Your upper back should be broad while the shoulder blade tips are drawn down.
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