Practicing yoga is a great way to strengthen your legs. Yoga is an exercise that fully stretches and tones the quad, hamstring, shin, and calf muscles. Additionally, it increases the stability in your legs so you can have improved balance.
The following yoga poses are the best for strengthening your legs:
- Mountain Pose
- Chair pose
Try these strengthening stretches daily to get stronger legs! Consult your physician first if you have any major leg injuries before trying these leg stretches so you do not injure yourself further.
You do not need to be a yoga professional to strengthen your legs, which is why you can practice beginner, and intermediate yoga poses to strengthen your legs.
Some of the best yoga poses for strengthening your legs are beginner poses. They are great for everyone and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Even if you want to do beginner poses, it is important that you obey the instructions accordingly so you do not hurt yourself while performing these stretches. Otherwise, you may endure muscle tearing.
Perhaps the most basic pose of all yoga poses, the mountain pose, is the first pose in any standing yoga sequence. It assists in building strength through your whole legs.
Find your balance by standing upright with a neutral pelvis, feet facing forward, parallel to each other. Your arms should be parallel at your sides, with your palms facing forward. Ground yourself by gently spreading your toes and the balls of your feet. Find neutral footing by giving yourself a slight bend in the knees.
Lift your sternum toward the ceiling, widening your collar bone and drawing your shoulder blades toward each other, away from the ears. Let your arms relax by your sides, allowing your palms to face forward.
If you want to advance your yoga practice, try intermediate yoga poses. These yoga poses are slightly more advanced and will activate your leg muscles.
As you practice intermediate poses, it is especially important that you remain conscious of your facial muscles. Keep your eyes soft, jaw relaxed, and tongue flat on the floor of your mouth.
Chair pose is a stabilizing pose that activates the adductor muscles in your inner thighs. To advance your yoga practice, try squeezing a block between your thighs.
Begin in mountain pose. Inhale and raise your hands above your head so your biceps as slightly in front of your ears. You can choose to keep your hands parallel, palms facing inward, or join your hands together with your index fingers pointed outward.
Exhale and bend your knees, squatting down until you are as parallel to the ground as possible. Your knees should project over your feet with the trunk of your body, forming a right angle with the tops of your thighs.
Maintain this position for at least thirty seconds to one minute, taking deep breaths before inhaling as you slowly straighten your knees and lift through your arms.
Exhale as you release your arms and return to mountain pose.