5 Yoga Moves To Tone Your Entire Body
Hey dolls! As many of you know, I completed a Yoga Teacher Training for Sculpt Yoga this past February. I'd been thinking of doing it for years, and I finally felt the push to make my dreams a reality!
And now, I'm teaching locally in Connecticut. In fact, my next class is scheduled for June 10th at 11am, at Halo Studios in New Canaan. We had a blast in May, and I'd love for you to join us! Click here to learn more and sign up.
The yoga sculpt class I teach is somewhat intense (think vinyasa yoga + bootcamp + super fun dancing all wrapped up into one), but anyone can do the moves at home with weights. I'd recommend starting with 4 or 5-pound weights, and working your way up from there.
To give you an idea of some of the moves you can do easily at home, I put together a few photos and corresponding explanations for you! Give them a try and let me know what you think.
1. PLANK ROLLS
This is an amazing way to warm up your entire body, especially your core. Start in downward facing dog. Inhale to plank pose, and exhale back to downward facing dog. Repeat 10-15 times.
*For safety: Make sure to maintain neutral wrist alignment with your hands on top of the weights. Your knuckles should face the ground, and your wrist should always be straight and steady.
2. PLANK ROWS
Once you're warmed up, it's time to work your arms! Inhale while in plank pose, and exhale as you row, keeping your elbow at 90 degrees. Repeat on the opposite side. Do 10-15 reps per side. Modification: Drop to your knees. Since I'm pregnant, I'm always modifying and it's just as challenging!
3. CHAIR POSE WITH A TRICEP KICKBACK
Make your way to the top of your mat. Inhale to chair pose as you bend your elbows to 90 degrees while hugging them towards your sides, and exhale as you kickback. Repeat 10-15 times. Modification: One arm at a time.
4. CRESCENT LUNGE WITH A BICEP CURL
Start with your right leg, and come into crescent lunge with arms set up to curl. You can either stay in a lunge through the entire exercise, or straighten your legs as you straight your arms, then come back into a lunge as you curl. Up to you! Repeat on the left side. 10-15 reps per side.
5. BRIDGE WITH A CHEST PRESS
Talk about working overtime! In this move, you're working your booty, core, chest, and even those biceps again. Make your way onto your back and set up for bridge. Arms are in a "T" formation, and weights are above elbows. Inhale here, and exhale as you press into your heels and lift your booty, while simultaneously doing a chest press. On the inhale, everything comes back down. Repeat 10-15 times.
You can repeat this entire set two or even three times, and I promise you'll feel fab! The great part about yoga and yoga sculpt is that you can have fun with it and make it up on your own. Exercise should always be fun, and the minute it's not is the minute you need to rethink how you're sweating.
Of course, diet is just as if not more important than exercise when it comes to your overall health. If you want to learn more about my food philosophy, grab my FREE 3-Day Meal Plan called Eat Your Way Thin by clicking here.
Enjoy and let me know if you give it a try in the comments!