Sunday fitness goals: 6 Yoga exercises to tone your thighs and hips

Don't worry if you're one of those persons who wants to tone their hips and thighs! You might be performing

Updated on Jan 08, 2023 02:07 PM IST 9 Photos

Our daily routines seriously lack physical movement because of the desk-bound lifestyles we lead and many of us work jobs that require us to sit down for a significant portion of the day. This causes us to gain additional body fat in the hips and thighs in addition to weakening the lower body but don't worry if you're one of those persons who wants to tone their hips and thighs as you might begin by performing daily basic squats however, for the sake of your knee joints and lower back, make sure you perform it correctly. (Алекке Блажин)

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, Founder of Akshar Yoga Institutions, Himalaya Yoga Ashrama and World Yoga Organisation, told Zarafshan Shiraz, “Your leg muscles, particularly the hips and thighs, can be engaged through yoga asanas. Your lower body is included in poses including Chair Pose, Squats, Mountain Pose, and Standing Balances. Your legs, particularly the muscles in your hips and thighs, bear the weight of your body. Your legs get stronger and toned through doing this.” He suggested 6 Yoga exercises to tone your thighs and hips: (Diana Light)

1. Utkatasana – Chair Pose (This can be repeated for 5 Sets with 30 seconds hold each time). Method: Begin with Samasthithi. Join palms to form Namaste at your heart chakra and raise your arms up. Bend your knees and slowly lower your pelvis. Ensure that your pelvis is parallel to the floor with a 90 degree bend at the knees. Align your ankles and knees in one straight line. Focus your gaze towards your Namaskar. Ensure that your spine remains erect. (Grand Master Akshar)


2. Samasthithi -  Hold for as long as possible. Method: Stand with your feet together. Stretch your arms out beside your body and allow them to hover without  making contact. Gently close eyes. Relax the body. (Twitter/iccr_TheHague)

3. Ek Padasana – Standing balance Pose. Method: Begin with Samastithi. Keep your back straight as you stretch your arms up and join your palms in Pranam. Exhale and bend your upper body forward and until it is parallel to the floor. Keep your arms beside your ears. Slowly lift your right leg upwards behind you, keeping it straight. Your right leg, pelvis, upper body and arms should all form a straight line. Focus your gaze to a point on the floor to maintain balance. (Twitter/vidayogaconex)