It is a well-known fact that yoga is very effective to reduce stress and gain flexibility. But many us are not aware of the fact that yoga is also an effective way to build strength and power in legs. Many standing yoga poses build muscles of your legs including quadriceps, hamstrings and calves. Yoga utilises the resistance of the body weight to strengthen the leg muscles.
In standing yoga poses, your legs provide the foundation. Holding the poses will challenge your muscles and your mind. Maintaining proper alignment during standing yoga poses will improve your ability to concentrate and focus.
However, it is recommended that if you have been suffering from the chronic injury of the hips, knees, or ankles do not practice these poses.
Here the yoga postures which help you to build stronger legs:
This posture will strengthen the entire body, particularly the thighs. To practice this posture, stand with your feet together and your toes touching each other. Relax your arms at your sides.
Inhale and raise your arms above your head, perpendicular to the floor. Following this exhale and bend your knees, bringing your thighs as parallel to the floor as they can get. Your knees will project out slightly over your feet, and your upper body will form an approximate right angle over your thighs. Shift your weight into your heels.
Tilt your head back and point it between your hands. Hold up for few minutes. After this inhale and straighten your legs, lift your arms. Exhale and release your arms back to your position.
This yoga asana stretches the hip flexors and back thighs. Moreover, it also strengthens and stretches the abdomen, chest and shoulders.
To practice this yoga posture, stand on the surface and bend your knees, fold forward and place your hands on the surface. Following this, step your left foot to the back and align your right knee over the heel of your right foot. Come onto the ball of your back foot, lifting your heel and drawing it forward so it aligns directly over your back toes. Lift your back leg and straighten it, drawing your knee and quadriceps up. Inhale as you raise your torso to an upright position. Sweep your arms overhead. Draw your tailbone toward the floor. Gaze up at your thumbs. Hold up for one minute.
Warrior is one of the best yoga postures for strengthening front thighs. It also gives you a great hip stretch for the back leg. Moreover, this yoga asana also challenges your stability due to slight internal rotation of the back foot.