Yoga is for flexibility while weights is for muscle building you say? While there may be some truth to that don’t be surprised to learn that several yoga postures can help build strength and muscle as well as any other form of exercise.
Power yoga, which is an intense fitness-based Vinyasa flow style of yoga, is one such kind of format that targets strength building along with flexibility.
That’s because power yoga involves lifting and supporting your own bodyweight throughout the sequence of the flow of the workout. The dynamic nature of this style of working out requires multiple muscle groups to work together.
Here are some dynamic yoga postures that will help build core strength and muscular strength all over:
Virabhadrasana (The Warrior Pose)
Named after Veerabhadra, a fierce warrior and an incarnation of lord Shiva this posture can help build muscle mass and elasticity in your muscles. The best part is that the asana possesses a touch of gracefulness while you perform it, despite being named after a warrior pose.
Benefits: Strengthens your shoulders, arms, legs, ankles and back and stretches them out as well. It also opens up your hips, chest and lungs while improving your focus, balance and stability; energising the entire body!
Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)
As the name suggest the posture resembles a bridge and is therefore named after one. Perform the pose on an empty stomach in the morning or the evening.
Benefits: Apart from strengthening your back muscles, and stretching your chest and spine it also has a calming effect on your mind. Additionally, the pose helps people suffering from asthma, sinusitis, anxiety disorders, depression, and constipation.
Salabhasana (Locus pose)
Also known as ‘baby backbends’ this pose effectively preps a person for a deeper backbends and strengthens the backside of the torso, legs and arms.
Benefits: Salabhasana helps strengthen the muscles of the spine, buttocks, back of the arms, while stretching your shoulders, chest, belly and thighs. Additionally, it also helps cure fatigue flatulence, constipation, indigestion and lower-back pain, while bettering your posture.
Bakasana (Crow pose)
For a position that looks as simple as a crow perched on the branch of a tree, bakasana is quite challenging as requires daily practice to master.
Benefits: Strengthens your wrists, arms and abdominal region, while stretching your upper back and improving your coordination. Internally, this position also reduces your acidity problems, heartburn and helps your mind and body focus.
Salamba Sirsana (Headstand)
Known as the ‘king’ of all postures the headstand is probably the most challenging of all. This position requires you to bear the entire weight of your body on your shoulders, which requires an insane amount of strength work from your upper body.
Benefits: Apart from strengthening your arms, neck, shoulders, core, back and legs, it also helps conditions the organs in the abdominal area and your lungs. The jolt of blood to your brain also helps sufferers of insomnia and sinusitis.