Top 5 Yoga Poses to Tone Your Legs

In case you want to lengthen and tone down your legs, yoga is the best way. Try the yoga poses given below to tone and slim down your legs.

1. Warrior III Pose

How to Do:

  • Stand in mountain pose and step your right foot about a foot length forward and begin shifting all the weight on this leg.
  • Inhale for reaching your arms over the head and then interlace the fingers. Keeps the index finger pointing upwards.
  • Lift your left leg up and out while you exhale. Hinge at the hips for lowering the torso and arms down to the floor.
  • Look towards the floor at a point for balancing and reach through the left toes. The fingers and the crown should make a straight line.
  • Hold the position and breathe for 2-6 time.
  • Inhale to bring down the lower leg to the floor and put your feet together for the mountain pose.
  • Repeat with the other side.

Number of Repetitions: Do it 5 times on each side and hold the pose for minimum 5 breaths.

How it Helps: Apart from toning your legs, it can also improve balance, concentration, and memory. As a whole, it invigorates the whole body.

2. Tree Pose

How to Do:

  • Stand in mountain pose and bend your right knee. Shift all the body weight on the left leg.
  • Turn your right knee towards the right wall as you rest the hell against the left leg.
  • Look down and stare at one point. Now, slide your right foot up the left leg and maintain the balance. Bring your palms together while balancing.
  • Hold it for 4-8 breaths.
  • Exhale slowly to release. While you do so, bring down your arms and then your legs back to mountain pose.
  • Repeat it with the other side.

Number of Repetitions: Do this 5 times on each side and try to increase the repetitions gradually.

How it Helps: With this, you can increase your focus and balance. It also works on your concentration and memory while strengthening your ankles and knees.

3. Crescent Lunge Pose

How to Do:

  • Keep the front foot of the left leg rooted on earth and the knee at a 90 degrees angle.
  • Keep the back leg straight without any bend. The inner thighs will be in a scissor formation while the pelvis is tucked under rib cage.
  • The spine should be long and extended.
  • Put the hands above your head while inhaling.
  • Hold it for 5-8 breaths.
  • Exhaling to come back to standing position.
  • Repeat it with the other leg.

Number of Repetitions: Repeat 5 times on each side while increasing the count gradually.

How it Helps: Tones the lower body, creates strength and flexibility and offers stability to the front and back.

4. Standing Split

How to Do:

  • Start with mountain pose and inhale as you stretch your arms overhead.
  • Exhale while bending the hips and put both the hands on the floor. Straighten the legs. Avoid locking the knees.
  • Shift weight on right foot and hands and rise up the left leg as high as possible.
  • Move back to position and repeat with the other side.

Number of Repetitions: Repeat the pose for 5 times on each side holding for minimum 10 breathes.

How it Helps: It also improves balance. Since the head if below heart, it improves circulation.

5. Pigeon Pose

How to Do:

  • From knees and hands bring the right knee at outer edge of the mat as you turn out the hip. Slide the left leg straight behind the hip.
  • Walk the forearms to the floor and maintain a straight spine. Stretch out the arms in front of you and reset your forehead on the mat. Hold the position for 1 minute.
  • Move back to position and repeat on the other side.

Number of Repetitions: Repeat it 10 times on each side holding position for 1 minute.

How it Helps: It improves hip mobility, tones down your lower body, and use core strength for keeping the hips level.

The given poses not only tones down your body but also provides you with body strength. Follow it up with a running session for best results.


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