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7 Effective Poses for Muscle Building

For a convenient and natural way to build muscle, try the following yoga poses.

If you think the only way you can build muscle is by lifting weights at the gym, think again. You can do certain yoga poses that use your own body weight to strengthen your muscles instead. Some yoga poses have the ability to break your muscle fibers by creating tension in them. Then, your body builds more muscles as backup, thereby increasing the muscle mass. Choose asanas that can do this and practice away. Below are seven poses that we recommend.

By Ramya Achanta


Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

Vrikshasana stretches and strengthens your legs and increases their stability. It stretches your back and arms. It strengthens the ligaments and tendons of your feet and the bones of your legs. It also increases your stamina and concentration.


Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1 Pose)

Virabhadrasana 1 stretches your chest, lungs, and stomach. It strengthens your back muscles and arms. The pose strengthens and stretches your thighs and calves. It improves focus and blood circulation. It also energizes your body and loosens your shoulders.


Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Trikonasana strengthens your legs, arms, knees, and ankles and stretches your hips, shoulders, and spine. It also improves your physical equilibrium and digestion. The pose reduces back pain and stress, stimulates your spinal nerves, and treats neck sprains.


Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Sethu Bandhasana strengthens the back muscles and stretches the chest and spine. It calms your brain and reduces thyroid problems. The pose helps those suffering from asthma and sinusitis. Sethu Bandhasana also cures anxiety disorders, depression, and constipation.


Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Bhujangasana tones your abdomen and opens up your shoulders. It strengthens your back and increases its flexibility. This asana reduces fatigue and improves blood circulation. The pose is a balm for respiratory issues. It also elevates your mood and stimulates your kidneys.


Bakasana (Crow Pose)

Bakasana strengthens your wrists and arms and the abdominal region. It stretches your upper back and increases concentration and coordination. The pose reduces acidity problems and heartburn and prepares your mind and body for challenges.


Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand)

Salamba Sirsasana strengthens your lungs, arms, and legs. It stimulates your pituitary gland and tones your abdominal organs. It helps those suffering from insomnia and sinusitis. The pose stimulates your nerves and allows fresh blood to flow to your brain.

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