When you think of yoga, you probably think of flexibility training and strengthening your core. But yoga can be a great strength training workout for your entire body. And depending on your goals, you can totally focus your stretches and poses.
Targeting your yoga efforts is a good way to improve your overall yoga training. Not only will it improve your muscular control and awareness, it will allow you condition the muscles that need it the most. By the way, if you haven’t had a chance yet read my popular article on Yoga Training Tips to help you get the most out improving your yoga training.
Nevertheless, it’s time to check out 7 yoga poses designed to target your upper body, and specifically your arms. Yoga is a great way to condition your upper body muscles and develop stronger, sleeker arms.
Give these poses a try…
7 Yoga Poses to Tone and Condition Your Arms
For all of these poses, hold the pose for a minimum of 30 seconds, easing further into the pose as you breathe slowly and deeply through your nose.
Down Dog – Start by getting on your hands and knees, with both at about shoulder width (or just wider). Then slowly and with control, lift your butt to the ceiling, straighten your elbows, and lift your knees off the floor, trying to straighten your legs (if you can’t straighten them completely, that’s okay). Your head should point towards the floor, as you try to create a V-shape with your body. (view exercise)
Half Push Up – Lie face down on your yoga mat. Engage your feet, so that you lift your legs off the floor with your toes. With your elbows bent and your palms under your shoulders, push up into a half push up position. The goal is to make your body parallel to the floor. (view exercise)