Hatha yoga is a great way to tone and build strength in the body.
The arms are an extension of our heart center, the energy space of unconditional love in the body. The arms help us connect with the external world, manifest affection and kindness through physical action
Toning the arms is not just about having nicely sculpted arms, but more about bringing our awareness to this part of the body and honoring it. We learn to respect every part of the physical self and appreciating its ability to transform and develop. Strength in the arms means strength of the emotional self, self-trust and knowing we have the inner strength to pick ourselves up should we fall in life. And we do, many times.
Working with our body weight instead of just lifting weights, helps the prana, our life force to flow more freely so that we can feel freedom in these areas and release tension and blocked energy from the arms.
Our shoulders are the space in the body where we carry the weight of the world. Are you doing too much externally and not honouring your own needs? Do you worry too much about the future or continue to live in the past?
Working on building strength in our shoulders allows us to create a balanced view of the world, to be open to the world and to not take on too much pressure but instead going through each experience without any fear of being judged or rejected, and with confidence and emotional awareness.
Our hands are part of our creative centre, with our hands we can create, build things and manifest. We can give and we can receive. Strengthening the wrists creates power in this area so we can provide our hands with support and to move freely.
1. Kumbhakasa or plank pose – helps tone the arms and the core;
2. Vasisthasana – Side plank
4. Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward facing dog
5. Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana – Revolved downward facing dog
6. Catur Svanasana – Dolphin pose
7. Purvottanasana – Upward plank