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5-Minute Yoga Sequence for Stronger Arms

Try these yoga poses for toned, slim arms.

If you want toned biceps, triceps, and shoulders, you actually don’t have to spend hours in the gym lifting weights! Practicing yoga is one of the absolute best ways to build strength in your upper-body without ever having to pick up a dumbbell. Yoga utilizes your own body weight to build strength, and there are certain yoga moves you can incorporate into your workout that are specifically designed to engage every muscle of your arms. Some of those key poses are below.

Hold each of the poses for 5 breaths, and complete the entire series 5 to 8 times. It only takes 5 minutes a day to get the sexy, slim arms you’ve been wanting!

By Kristin McGee


Downward Dog


Kneel on all fours with hands directly under shoulders. Tuck toes under and exhale, lifting hips toward ceiling. Move shoulders away from ears, drawing front ribs in; push into hands and feet.




Inhale, lowering hips, coming onto toes and moving torso forward, with shoulders directly over wrists. Contract abs and straighten arms; keep body in line from head to heels.


Side Plank


Exhale, rotating torso and stacking right foot on top of left. Press torso up (body in straight line) with abs tight. Raise right hand up, fingers toward ceiling; gaze up or forward. Inhale; return to plank. Repeat on other side.




Exhale, keeping body in a straight line and bending elbows to 90 degrees while lowering toward floor. Contract abs; be careful not to round shoulders forward.


Upward Dog


Inhale, lowering hips toward floor. Untuck toes; push into hands, straightening arms, lifting chest and engaging abs. Hug shoulder blades together and down away from ears. Exhale, lifting hips to return to Downward Dog.

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All photos courtesy of Jay Sullivan.

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