3 Must Try Yoga Poses For Your Legs

Do you want to lengthen and tone your legs so you can wear those skinny jeans, leggings, and stockings. Perhaps you have your eye on a lovely pair of thigh-high boots. Or you’re imagining a complete sexy new look for yourself in 2016! If so yoga is the answer.  Yoga can certainly help you achieve that desired body you are after. Combine a healthy eating diet with yoga poses that stretch your glutes, hip flexors, quads, adductors, abductors, hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendons will launch you on your sexy leg journey this year!

Here a list of 3 must try yoga poses for your legs that we recommend having in your yoga sequence.

1. The Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

The Triangle Poses stretches thighs, knees, ankles, hips, grin, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest, and shine.

How to do the Triangle Pose:

  • Begin by standing with your legs about three feet apart, with your pelvis, head and chest aligned.
  • Separate your feet slightly farther than the width of your shoulders.
  • Inhales, and raise both arms straight out to the side, keeping them parallel to the floor with your palms facing down.
  • Exhale slowly, and without bending your knees, pivot on your heels to turn your right foot all the way to the right and your left foot slightly toward the right, keeping your heels in line with each other.
  • Drop your torso as far as is comfortable to the right side. Keep your arms parallel to the floor.
  • Once your torso is fully extended to the right, drop your arm so that your right hand rests on your shin (or ankle).
  • Extend your left arm straight up toward the ceiling.
  • Twist your spine and torso counterclockwise, using your arms  as a lever, while your spinal axis remains parallel to the ground.
  • Extend your arms apart from each other in opposite directions.
  • Now turn your head to look at your left thumb.
  • Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Inhale, and return to a standing position.
  • You can then switch sides

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2. The Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

The Revolved Triangle Pose strengthens the legs while stretching groins, hamstrings, and hips.

How to do the Revolved Triangle Pose:

  • Begin in the standing position.
  • Spread your feet apart, roughly three to four feet apart.
  • Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them out to the sides, with your shoulder blades wide. Face the palm of your hands downward.
  • Turn your left foot in 45 to 60 degrees to the right and your right foot out 90 degrees to the right.
  • Align your heels with each other, contract your muscles, and turn your right thigh outward.
  • Exhale, and turn your torso to the right, squaring your hip points with the front edge of your exercise mat.
  • Bring your left hip around to the right. Firmly ground your left heel and inhale.
  • Then exhale and turn your torso farther to the right and lean forward over your front leg.
  • Reach your left hand down, either to the floor or on either side of your right foot.
  • Now allow your left hip to lower slightly toward the floor.
  • Turn your head to look up.
  • Widen the space between your shoulder blades, pressing your arms away from your torso. Try shift most of your weight to your back heel and front hand.
  • Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Exhale and release the twist. Bring your torso back up to the standing position and repeat but instead to the opposite side.

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3. The Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

The Half Moon Pose strengthens the spine, abdominals, ankles, thighs, and buttocks. It will also stretch your groins, hamstrings, and calves.

How to do the Half Moon Pose:

  • Begin in the Triangle Pose (as above in 1)
  • Begin with your right side, and place your left hand on your left hip.
  • Inhale. With your right knee bent, slide your left foot forward about 7 to 12 inches.
  • Reach your right hand forward at least 12 inches.
  • Exhale, press your right hand and right heel firmly into the floor.
  • Now straighten your right leg, while lifting your left leg parallel to the floor.
  • Rotate your upper torso to the left, while moving your left hip slightly forward.
  • Rest most of your weight on your standing leg.
  • Press your right hand against the floor to maintain balance.
  • Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Exhale and lower your leg back to the floor.
  • Repeat on the other side.

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