Yoga Exercises for Building Chest Muscles

By Patricia | April 28, 2009
Yoga For Chest Strengthening

A lot of men are of the opinion that the only way to develop that broad, muscular chest they’re after is with the help of weights, hundreds of crunches or intense aerobic exercises. While all of these do certainly work, there’s a far better way to developing your ideal chest. Yoga exercises and poses for the chest not only target the region of the thorax, they also help increase overall flexibility. A classical yoga approach will definitely increase your muscle tone and stamina.

For hundreds of years, people have relied on yoga to improve their posture, strength and overall physical health. Not only that, Yoga also helps balance the mind, body and emotions through a series of physical, mental and breathing exercises. All of these Yoga exercises and poses will help stretch and expand your chest muscles and give you that beautiful, tight look that you’re after. If you practice these Yoga exercises and poses regularly, you will be able to sculpt your chest and increase the overall muscle tone of your body.

Do the Mountain Tilt in a standing position with your arms by your sides and feet hip-width distance apart. First, lift your right arm over your head and let your fingers point up at the ceiling. Bending sideways from the waist, stretch up and out toward your left. Hold the pose for a couple seconds and then return to your starting pose. Now, repeat the pose on the other side. Practice on both sides 4 to 5 times in the beginning.

The Triangle pose is another very popular Yogasana (pose) that is very good for the chest. You start with both feet distanced around 3 feet apart. Now, turn your right foot out 90 degrees and keep the left foot pointing straight in front. Stretch both arms out on either side of you shoulder height. Next, slowly bend to your left side from your waist, keeping your chest facing forward and breathing deeply. Place your left hand on the side of your left knee and point your right hand up at the ceiling. Hold the posture for 15 – 20 seconds and then come back to the starting position. Switch your feet and your sides, and do three practices on both sides.

Other exercises and asanas (posses) good for developing a broad muscular chest are:

  • Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
  • Ardha Chakrasana (Half Wheel Pose)
  • Chakrasana (Full Wheel Pose) and
  • Ushtrasana (Camel pose)
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