Strengthen And Tone Up Leg Muscle With Yoga Poses

By Patricia | November 28, 2008
Yoga To Build Strong Leg Muscles

There are quite a few yoga poses to strengthen and tone up the leg muscles. Let’s look a few of the most beneficial asanas:

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose): A resting pose, Adho Mukha Svanasana strengthens and stretches the whole body. A very prevalent pose, this yoga posture is one of the first exercises that you may begin your session with.

Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose): This yoga pose is good for stretching and strengthening the hamstrings, legs and groin. It also helps to open the shoulders and the chest.

Tadasana (Mountain Pose): A good pose for improving your posture, this yoga exercise also strengthens the thighs and can give you relief from back pain.

Vrksasana (Tree Pose): A yoga pose that combines standing and balancing, the Tree Pose improves body balance and strengthens the leg muscles.

Parsvottonasana (Pyramid Pose): This pose is great for strengthening the hamstrings. It also strengthens and stretches the legs.

Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose): This Warrior pose opens the shoulders and the legs. It also strengthens the leg muscles.

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose): The Warrior II pose strengthens the arms and the legs as well as opens the shoulders and the chest. It also tones and tightens the abdomen.

Uttanasana II (Forward Bend or Extension Pose): This asana relaxes the body and the mind; rests the neck and heart; and, stretches the spine and the legs.

Janu Shirshasana (Head to Knee Pose): This yoga pose is good for the hamstrings. It also opens and stretches the back, and improves the practitioner’s flexibility.

Some Other Yoga Postures To Strengthen The Legs

  • Utkatasana (Awkward Chair Pose)
  • Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
  • Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
  • Natarajasana (King Dancer Pose)
  • Parsvottonasana (Pyramid Pose)
  • Parivritta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
  • Parivritta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
  • Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III Pose)

Apart from doing specific yoga poses to strengthen his leg, your brother may also like to do a complete yoga workout. Yoga can be an important part of the fitness regime of footballers. These are some of the benefits that a footballer can get from yoga:

  • While most sports only build and strengthen that part of the body that the game requires the most; yoga can strengthen and stretch the entire body.
  • Through yoga a footballer can balance strength with stamina.
  • Yoga is also good for building spatial awareness.
  • Yoga teaches you the correct breathing techniques – through yoga the mind connects between breathing and movement. So, when a footballer is out in front of often aggressive crowds, it is the right breathing techniques combined with the mind control aspect that will benefit the player the most.
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