Building Stronger Arms Through Yoga

Building Stronger Arms Through Yoga



I was at​ work the​ other day and a​ co-worker of​ mine who takes Yoga classes suddenly started pumping a​ 20 pound dumbbell he had nestled in​ his cubicle.
Being that he does this rather frequently,​ I asked why and his response was
“Oh,​ my yoga classes don’t do anything for my arms.”

I looked at​ him puzzled and luckily for me,​ I had a​ draft of​ a​ book with photos of​ some yoga balancing poses and asked him if​ he had tried or​ even knew of​ them. Surprisingly,​ he said no and was now eager for me to​ demonstrate them to​ him.

This made me wonder,​ just how many other yoga enthusiasts are of​ the​ mindset that Yoga may be inadequate for building arm strength.

If you are such a​ person,​ nothing could be further from the​ truth.

Yoga is​ fantastic for building strength in​ the​ arms and although you may never see your biceps bulge through your T-shirt sleeves,​ I will say you will see an​ increase in​ arm strength and endurance that may not occur in​ perhaps other forms of​ exercise.

Moreover,​ some basic Calisthenics like Push-ups,​ the​ Plank and the​ Dive-bombers do borrow heavily from Yoga.

In my opinion,​ if​ one is​ looking to​ increase strength in​ the​ arms through Yoga,​ the​ best exercises to​ focus on​ will be the​ one and only Sun Salutations first.

From experience,​ when I was having difficulty holding endurance building poses such as​ the​ Wheel,​ Bow,​ Peacock and Crow Poses-with their variations-for a​ good enough length of​ time (say an​ average of​ 90 seconds and beyond),​ I discovered by sheer chance that in​ increasing the​ number of​ rounds of​ the​ Sun-Salutations (Exercises) mentioned earlier to​ at​ least 24 straight rounds,​ I could hold any of​ the​ poses above for a​ quite a​ while.

It will be safe to​ say that is​ because the​ muscles are warmed up by this powerful
combination of​ systematic poses for the​ otherwise moderate to​ strenuous demands put on​ them.

In addition,​ when I started adding Hindu-push ups (a straight yoga derivative as​ it’s basically Downward Facing dog meets Cobra Pose repeated in​ sequence) for an​ occasional source of​ variety in​ working out,​ these same Sun Salutations increase my endurance to​ be able to​ perform a​ good amount of​ this Yoga-esque
exercise.

That considered,​ in​ addition to​ the​ Sun Salutations (24+ rounds) the​ other poses one should focus on​ for increasing strength in​ the​ arms would be the​ following:

1. the​ Wheel Pose
2. the​ Inclined Plane Pose
3. the​ Bow Pose
4. the​ several variations of​ the​ Peacock Pose
5. the​ several variation of​ Crow Pose
6. the​ Side and Regular Plank pose

In addition,​ to​ some degree,​ even the​ simple shoulder-stand when performed in​ conjunction with it​ counter poses-The Bridge and Fish pose,​ can definitely come in​ handy for using Yoga for increasing arm strength.

You know what else,​ each of​ these poses also come in​ extremely useful for toning up the​ abs and offering in​ some cases a​ deep tissue massage to​ your visceral organs. Bet you free-weights can’t do that eh?

So next time you-like my co-worker-think or​ run into someone who thinks Yoga can’t do much for their arms,​ be sure to​ tell whoever is​ applicable to​ try the​ poses above,​ along with the​ wonderful Sun Salutations.

This will be a​ classic case of​ ‘trying is​ believing”,​ so give this suggestion a​ shot and you will be almost guaranteed increase in​ the​ strength of​ your arms using Yoga that is-in no time.




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