7 Ways To Build Strength in Yoga
As a yoga beginner, I never thought in a million years that I wouldn't have to lift weights again in order to get muscular, strong and ripped. well when I started my yoga journey over the past couple of months I was shocked to learn that Yoga was all I needed to get in, and stay in the best shape of my life.
I've always loved the feeling of being strong and was comfortable with the fact that I would need to go to the gym for the rest of my life if I wanted to maintain that strength.
Man was I wrong!
I discovered that yoga has allowed me to actually tone up my muscles and lose fat at the same time. PLUS, I'm getting back flexibility that I once had when I was a teenager studying martial arts. BTW, I just turned 60!
So to say I'm thrilled would be an understatement.
Check out these 7 tips that will assist you in gaining strength in your yoga practice.
1) On a hardwood or tile floor while wearing a pair of thick socks, get into the forearm plank pose and tuck your tailbone up and under. Then preform hip twists from side to side. Do this at least 4X each side.
2) Position into a high plank and hold. Now add in knee twists and knee crunches. Be aware that you will want to keep your tailbone tucked under your body when executing this move.
3) If you have a sports roller wheel, you can do this next exercise to build strength in yoga. These are called ab crunches. Keeping the tailbone tucked and the back rounded be sure your arms are kept straight. and roll out a little bit while keeping the tummy tight. Be sure not to go too far too fast as you may land flat on your face! Be aware of what your body is telling you. Listen...
4) Use a yoga strap around the arms or an arm band. Place it just above the elbows around the triceps. Now do the downward dog and dolphin pushups. Using the high plank you will shift into the downward dog.
5) This next exercise is very challenging. Keeping your arms straight, walk your feet up a wall and slightly flex and extend your legs and arms.
6)In a high plank position with feet planted firmly on the wall, do knee to tricep crunches.
7) Remaining in the high plank position do hip dips and oblique hugs on both sides.
Set aside 10 minutes out of every day to do these 7 exercises. you'll be surprised at how fast you will gain strength and flexibility with a simple Yoga routine.
Never compare yourself to what the other people in the yoga studio are doing. Focus on yourself. Just because someone is more flexible than you, doesn't mean they're doing it correctly.
I'm forever grateful for yoga in my life as I had some serious healthy challenges about a year and a half ago. Yoga has helped me to feel great again. Most of my doctors were telling me there was no turning back the problems I was facing. with a healthy diet, supplements and daily yoga practice, I feel like a million bucks.
I will definitely go in more depth on my personal journey and what I've had to go through over the past couple of years. If you'd like to know more about my story, leave me a comment below and be sure to click the pinterest share button on this page.
Remember: If it hurts, It's not yoga.
Please consult your health practitioner before starting any new exercise program. Take your time! You will get there. Do NOT push yourself too hard.