If you’re like me, I have a tough time getting into yoga. The 90 minute classes I see around town are just not for me. What I am looking for are short yoga sequences that strengthen and stretch. This is what I found that does both of those things. Follow these 7 moves and watch your tush, tummy and triceps tighten up in a matter of weeks.
What it tones: Shoulders, upper back, and abs
How to do it:
• Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Spread your fingers wide, and lower your forearms to the mat. Check to make sure you’re creating a straight line between your elbows and middle fingers.
• Try to straighten your legs and lower your heels toward the floor, flaring your heels slightly wider than your toes so the outside edges of your feet are parallel with the outside edges of the mat.
• Relax your head between your arms, and direct your gaze through your legs or up toward your belly button.
• Hold Quarter Dog for five breaths.
What it tones: Arms, shoulders, abs, and thighs
How to do it:
• From Quarter Dog, lift your elbows up, coming back into Downward Facing Dog. Step both feet together so your big toes are touching.
• Move your left hand over to the right six or so inches so it’s at the upper center of your mat. Step your left foot forward two inches, and plant the sole of your left foot firmly on the mat so your toes are pointing to the right.
• Roll open to your left side, and lift your right hand off the mat. Raise your right leg up into the air. Stay here, balancing on your left hand and foot. Keep your shoulders, spine, and hips in one straight line, and gaze toward your right hand.
• Hold here for five deep breaths, keeping your core strong and the pose steady.