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Yoga for toned arms: 9 exercises to sculpt strength with asanas

Published on Mar 16, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Incorporate these 9 Yoga exercises into your regular fitness routine to help you sculpt and tone your arms while also improving overall strength and flexibility

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Yoga offers a range of benefits, including toning and strengthening various parts of the body and in an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, Founder of Akshar Yoga Kendraa, claimed, “When it comes to sculpting toned arms, specific yoga asanas can target and engage the muscles in the arms, shoulders, and upper back. By incorporating these asanas into your regular Yoga practice, you can build strength, improve flexibility and achieve well-defined arms. Incorporating these Yoga poses into your regular routine can help you sculpt and tone your arms while also improving overall strength and flexibility. Practice with mindfulness and proper alignment to maximise the benefits of each pose and remember to listen to your body and only go as far as feels comfortable for you. With dedication and consistency, you can achieve stronger, more toned arms through Yoga.” He suggested the following Yoga asanas for toned arms -(Photo by LittPro Inc on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 16, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Yoga offers a range of benefits, including toning and strengthening various parts of the body and in an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, Founder of Akshar Yoga Kendraa, claimed, “When it comes to sculpting toned arms, specific yoga asanas can target and engage the muscles in the arms, shoulders, and upper back. By incorporating these asanas into your regular Yoga practice, you can build strength, improve flexibility and achieve well-defined arms. Incorporating these Yoga poses into your regular routine can help you sculpt and tone your arms while also improving overall strength and flexibility. Practice with mindfulness and proper alignment to maximise the benefits of each pose and remember to listen to your body and only go as far as feels comfortable for you. With dedication and consistency, you can achieve stronger, more toned arms through Yoga.” He suggested the following Yoga asanas for toned arms -(Photo by LittPro Inc on Unsplash)

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1. Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Start on your hands and knees, then lift your hips upward to form an inverted V-shape. Press your hands firmly into the mat and extend your arms, stretching through the shoulders and arms. Hold the pose for several breaths, engaging the muscles in your arms and shoulders to support the posture.(Grand Master Akshar) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 16, 2024 07:00 AM IST

1. Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Start on your hands and knees, then lift your hips upward to form an inverted V-shape. Press your hands firmly into the mat and extend your arms, stretching through the shoulders and arms. Hold the pose for several breaths, engaging the muscles in your arms and shoulders to support the posture.(Grand Master Akshar)

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2. Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose): From plank pose, shift forward slightly and lower your body down until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Keep your elbows close to your sides and engage your core to support your body. Hold the pose for a few breaths before moving into upward-facing dog or cobra pose. (Twitter/oluwapelumi_ii) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose): From plank pose, shift forward slightly and lower your body down until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Keep your elbows close to your sides and engage your core to support your body. Hold the pose for a few breaths before moving into upward-facing dog or cobra pose. (Twitter/oluwapelumi_ii)

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3. Plank Pose (Santolanasana): Begin in a push-up position with your arms straight and shoulders directly above your wrists. Engage your core muscles and keep your body in a straight line from head to heels. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, focusing on keeping your arms strong and steady. (Grand Master Akshar) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Plank Pose (Santolanasana): Begin in a push-up position with your arms straight and shoulders directly above your wrists. Engage your core muscles and keep your body in a straight line from head to heels. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, focusing on keeping your arms strong and steady. (Grand Master Akshar)

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4. Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana): Begin on your hands and knees, then lower onto your forearms with your elbows directly below your shoulders. Lift your hips upward and straighten your legs, forming an inverted V-shape with your body. Press firmly into your forearms and engage your shoulders and arms to support the pose.(Photo by Twitter/thefitglobal) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana): Begin on your hands and knees, then lower onto your forearms with your elbows directly below your shoulders. Lift your hips upward and straighten your legs, forming an inverted V-shape with your body. Press firmly into your forearms and engage your shoulders and arms to support the pose.(Photo by Twitter/thefitglobal)

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5. Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana): Start in a wide-legged stance, then turn one foot out and extend your arms parallel to the floor. Reach toward the extended foot while keeping your torso elongated and your arms strong. Hold the pose for several breaths on each side, feeling the stretch in your arms and upper body. (Photo by Twitter/UKIYENGARYOGA) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana): Start in a wide-legged stance, then turn one foot out and extend your arms parallel to the floor. Reach toward the extended foot while keeping your torso elongated and your arms strong. Hold the pose for several breaths on each side, feeling the stretch in your arms and upper body. (Photo by Twitter/UKIYENGARYOGA)

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6. Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II): Begin in a lunge position with your front knee bent and your back leg straight. Extend your arms out to the sides at shoulder height, parallel to the floor. Keep your arms strong and engaged as you gaze over your front fingertips, feeling the strength and power of the pose. (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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6. Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II): Begin in a lunge position with your front knee bent and your back leg straight. Extend your arms out to the sides at shoulder height, parallel to the floor. Keep your arms strong and engaged as you gaze over your front fingertips, feeling the strength and power of the pose. (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)

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7. Crow Pose (Bakasana): Start in a squat position with your feet hip-width apart and your palms flat on the mat in front of you. Shift your weight forward onto your hands, bending your elbows slightly. Lift your feet off the ground and balance on your hands, engaging your arm muscles to support your body weight. (Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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7. Crow Pose (Bakasana): Start in a squat position with your feet hip-width apart and your palms flat on the mat in front of you. Shift your weight forward onto your hands, bending your elbows slightly. Lift your feet off the ground and balance on your hands, engaging your arm muscles to support your body weight. (Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar)

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8. Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana): Begin seated with your legs extended in front of you and your hands placed behind your hips, fingers pointing toward your feet. Press into your hands and feet, lifting your hips upward toward the ceiling. Keep your arms straight and strong, engaging your shoulder and arm muscles to support the pose.(Photo by Twitter/CoilsAndFoils) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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8. Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana): Begin seated with your legs extended in front of you and your hands placed behind your hips, fingers pointing toward your feet. Press into your hands and feet, lifting your hips upward toward the ceiling. Keep your arms straight and strong, engaging your shoulder and arm muscles to support the pose.(Photo by Twitter/CoilsAndFoils)

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9. Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana Arms): Sit tall with your legs crossed and one arm extended overhead, palm facing down. Bend your elbow and reach your hand down your back, palm facing outward. Use your other hand to reach behind your back and clasp the fingers of both hands together. Feel the stretch in your shoulders and arms as you hold the pose, then switch sides. (Photo by Twitter/BornToBirthYoga) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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9. Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana Arms): Sit tall with your legs crossed and one arm extended overhead, palm facing down. Bend your elbow and reach your hand down your back, palm facing outward. Use your other hand to reach behind your back and clasp the fingers of both hands together. Feel the stretch in your shoulders and arms as you hold the pose, then switch sides. (Photo by Twitter/BornToBirthYoga)

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