2 Easy Yoga Poses To Strengthen your Arms
Yoga is a great way to improve and enhance our flexibility, but that’s not the only benefit! Yoga can also play a fundamental role in helping us increase our strength and endurance. There are many yoga poses that can help us build our strength and stamina, and what’s even better is the fact we can do this in the comfort of our own home. No gym necessary! As always, if you are new to yoga, we recommend that you seek advice and initial guidance from a yoga practitioner in order to avoid any injuries. Yoga combined with a healthy diet, is a rejuvenating exercise for both body and mind.
Heres 2 easy yoga poses to strengthen your arms.
1. Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana)
The Upward Plank Pose is great for strengthening your arms, spine, and hamstring.
How to do the Upward Plank Pose:
- Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs extended.
- Place your hands on the floor. Palms facing towards the ground.
- Your hands should be roughly a few inches behind your hips with your fingers pointed forward.
- Now bend your knees and place your feet on the floor. Your heels should be touching the floor and your big toes turned inward. Your heels should ideally be at least a foot away from your buttocks.
- Exhale, press your inner feet and hands down against the floor.
- Lift your hips and things until you are parallel to the floor.
- Your shoulders should be directly above your wrists and you should have come into a reverse tabletop position. Your shins and arms approximately 90 degrees.
- Without losing the height of your hips, straighten your legs one at a time.
- Lift your hips higher without hardening your buttocks, creating a slight arch in your back.
- Gently elongate your neck and slowly let it drop back.
- Hold for 30 seconds, then sit back down
2. Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)
The side Plank Pose will help strengthen your wrists, arms, legs and abdominals.
How to do the Side Plank Pose:
- To begin, get into the plank position.
- Your arms should be straight with your wrists aligned under the shoulder.
- Hands should be placed slightly in front of your shoulders.
- Use the outside of your right foot and your right arm to support your weight.
- Roll to the side and bring your left shoulder back.
- Place your left foot on top of the right.
- Squeeze both legs together straight, strengthen the thighs.
- Exhale and bring your left arm up to the ceiling.
- Elongate your body and look up at your fingertips while continuing to push through your shoulder into the floor. Your aligning your entire body into one long diagonal line from the heels to the top of your head.
- Breathe and hold this posture for around 15 to 30 seconds.
- Repeat to the opposite side for the same length of time.