by NativeRemedies on May 13th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Everyone wants to look their best in the summertime – after all, tis the season to show a little skin! The target areas for bikini season are the abdominals, thighs and buttocks. These three areas, which sometimes see minimal sunlight, are suddenly out in the open when bikini season approaches. Luckily, there are 3 yoga poses that can help you feel good about putting on a bikini and stepping out on the beach.
Mold your Midsection
Plank pose is wonderful for the abs; just add a little twist and you could be bikini ready in a matter of weeks. While is plank, lift your left leg up towards your chest and hold for 5 breaths, when complete pull yourself into downward dog to rest and repeat on the opposite side.
The goal of this pose is to strengthen your ab muscles. The trick to this pose is to not put too much pressure on your lower back. In fact, if you need to, round your back a little while you hold your breath. The bonus to this move is it also tones and strengthens your arms along with your midsection.
Transform your Thighs
Warrior pose is a great way to shape those thighs, and get them bikini ready. Work your upper body and your lower body at the same time by adding a slight backward bend to you Warrior pose. Raise your arms above your head and interlace your fingers. While lunging into Warrior, slowly bend backward, look up at the ceiling and hold this pose for 5 breaths.
The goal of this pose is to strengthen the legs while stretching the torso allowing for a full body workout in a matter of breaths. When lunging back try to keep your shoulders down and not up towards the ears, this will help you to not pull any muscles in the shoulder area. The bonus to this pose is it works all the muscles in your legs along with the abs.
Revamp your Rump
Buttocks postures can really make your bikini fit perfectly, and make you feel comfortable while walking on the beach. Chair pose is a great posture for the buttocks. When you begin chair pose, make sure your arms are raised and either above your head or straight in front of you. Bend your knees, keep your back straight just like you sitting in a chair and hold for 5 breaths. For an added “oomph” raise your heels off the ground and stay as long as you can on your tiptoes.
The goal of this pose is to work the buttocks while also working your thighs, and if you so choose to lift your heels, your calves as well. The bonus to this pose is that it actually raises your heart rate and therefore is great for cardiovascular system.
No matter what your skill level with yoga, these three poses can help you transform your body and get ready for your bikini!
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