You don’t have to run hundreds of miles to get toned leg! Just do these 5 poses instead.
This summer, have you found yourself staring at the super toned legs of the sun-bather next to you, wishing you had them too? It’s tough to look anything but amazing in a pair of shorts when your legs are sexy and sculpted. And it’s easier than you think to get to that level of fitness!
You can use yoga to tone your legs and make it look like you’ve been running miles for years! Below are a few of the best recommended poses for sculpting and firming your legs.
By Anielka Azarian
Move your right foot back about four feet away from your left foot. Pivot your right toes out and bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle. Bring both arms up at shoulder height, relax your shoulders down and place your gaze on your right fingers. Lock your core and tuck your pelvis in. Hold for 10 slow breaths and then pivot your left toes left, bend your left knee, and straighten the back leg to switch sides.
Stand with your feet together at the top of your mat, left hand placed on your waist, and kick your right leg up slowly. Reach for your big toe with right index and mid fingers and close your bind including your thumb. Extend both legs and send your chest forward to straighten your back.
Take five breaths here and then open up the leg (or knee) to your right side keeping your fingers hooked to your thumb. Look at the opposite side of your foot over your left shoulder. Stay in this variation for five deep breaths and then bring the leg back to the initial position. Place both hands on your waist and leave the leg up. Stand strong, breathe for 10 more breaths, and slowly release the leg down and switch sides.
Stand tall at the top of your mat with feet together. Shift your weight to your left foot and kick yourself back with your right heel. Reach for the inside of your ankle with your right hand and extend your left arm forward. Square your hips to the mat and focus on lifting your back thigh away from the floor. Bring your chest parallel to the mat. Keep your left leg strong and extended. Hold for 15 deep and steady breaths, release leg and repeat on the other side.
Separate your feet approximately three feet apart, turn your toes out and your heels in and squat down deep. Tuck your tailbone in slightly and press your hips forward as you draw your thighs back. Engage your core muscles and keep a straight back. Hands can be extended to the sides, shoulder height apart, or bring your palms into prayer position. Hold for 10 breaths. To release, bring your hands to your hips and slowly walk your feet to hip-width apart and forward-fold in rag doll.
Lay on your back, then move your feet as close to your hips as possible, hip-width apart. Press into your feet and arms to lift your hips off the mat. Interlace your fingers behind your back, keeping your gaze straight up. To release, unlace your fingers and roll the spine slowly down onto the floor. Bring your knees to your chest and give yourself a big hug by bringing your arms around your shins.
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All images courtesy of Anielka Azarian.