exercise of the week is a new feature which looks at one particular move and describes how we can do that move and the effects it has on our body.
This week we look to yoga for a move that will help to tone our arms.
Kathryn Budig, is the yoga instructor to celebrities like Eva Mendes and she’s recently been announced as one of the US’s rising yoga stars. She’s recently launched her very first fitness DVD in the UK and her appetite for yoga is infectious.
She shares details of the Vinyasa with us to help get perfectly toned arms.
The ‘vinyasa’ is a series of linked poses: Plank Pose into Chaturanga (Push-up) into Upward Facing Dog (a backbend) into Downward Facing Dog. You’ll repeat this sequence often up to 30 times per class and it will tone your arms and core in no time.
Start in a pre-push up position with your arms straight and your shoulders, hips and heels in one straight line.
Keep your belly engaged and tailbone long as you look forward and take a deep inhale. Exhale, bend your elbows halfway so they come into a 90 degree angle.
Keep the elbows tight to your ribs and shoulders no lower than your elbows.
Inhale, flip your toes, drop your hips and lift your chest into Upward Facing Dogs.
Your arms will be straight and only your palms and tops of your feet will touch the ground.
Keep your shoulders down away from your ears and lift your heart straight up.
Exhale, roll over your toes, lift your hips and press into your hands to create an inverted V shape—Downward Facing Dog.
Your hips are the peak of the pose.
Press your thighs back to relieve the weight in your arms as your palms press deep into the ground to lengthen your sides.
Keep your head in line with your arms.
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Femalefirst Taryn Davies