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Swap the Dumbbells For Yoga to Tone Arms Faster

Mar 24 2014 - 3:32pm

Relaxation. Calmness. Serenity. Yes, yoga delivers on all of these things, but the fact that yoga can also offer your muscles a kickass strength workout should not be overlooked. Yoga is such an effective strength-training workout, because it utilizes lifting and holding your own body weight. Not only will these eight poses sculpt a strong, sexy upper body, but they will also help strengthen the rest of your body too. Aside from buffing you up, these arm-targeting yoga poses will also make it easier to tackle inversions like Headstand [1], the oh-so-fun Forearm Stand [2], and the playful Handstand [3] (and yes, even Scorpion [4]!).

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [5]

Quarter Dog

Here's an easy-on-the-wrists variation of Down Dog [6] to target the upper arms and back.

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1-Legged Chaturanga

Lifting one leg in this Chaturanga variation [8] really targets your triceps and shoulders.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [10]

Beginner's Sage

You're sure to feel the shoulder burn!

Photo: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio [11]


Not only is Sage a great workout for the arms, but you'll also feel this in your core and tush.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [12]


This arm-balancing pose is both challenging and fun. If you're having a hard time, here are some tips for mastering Crow [13].

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Side Crow

This variation of Crow [16] involves a little spinal twist and is just the pose to work your upper body.

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This arm-balancing pose [18] will tone your arms and increase flexibility in your hamstrings.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [19]


A pose that increases spinal flexibility, it's also a hard-core move for the arms [20] and upper back.

Photo: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio [21]

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