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3 Yoga Poses for a Butt like Bethenny!

Kristin, my yoga coach from "Body by Bethenny," is graciously sharing more of her yoga tips. This time, she's showing us poses that work your butt. Thanks, Kristin!
Xo B

Bethenny works her butt off -- running around from interview to photo shoot to film her talk show to squatting down and picking up Bryn -- all of these daily activities really do add up and keep the butt in shape. For some added oomph you can add these butt sculpting yoga poses to your routine as well. You can do these anywhere, anytime. Add them to the end of your workout or incorporate them into your yoga practice.

All of these postures are great to do for the winter; they help with focus and balance, and strengthen the hips, thighs and buttocks so you can ski, ice skate and enjoy all of your other icy and snow-inspired activities.

Bonus: Our buttocks are our largest muscle group, so toning and sculpting them helps rev up our metabolism, which is great for combating the few extra cookies you had over the holidays. If you need a pre-workout boost, Bethenny's Skinnygirl Daily bars are awesome pre-butt workout treat!

Pose 1: Awkward Chair Pose
Start with your feet together. Tighten your lower abs and squat down in to an imaginary chair. Lift your arms up alongside your ears and press your palms together. Lengthen out of your lower back and squeeze the buttocks. Hold for 5-8 breaths. Repeat 3 to 5 more times.

Pose 2: Warrior 3 Pose
Stand tall with your arms along side your waist. Point your right toes behind you and start to lift your right leg in the air as you lower your chest towards the floor until you come in to one straight line from head to right foot. Imagine you’re balancing a glass of water on your lower back. Engage your core muscles, pressing firmly through your standing leg, engaging the buttocks, and also lengthening and contracting the right gluteal muscles. Hold 5-8 breaths. Come up to stand and repeat with the opposite leg. Repeat 2 more times each side. This pose is great for focus and relieving stress, while sculpting your backside!

Pose 3: Bridge Pose
Lie down on your back with your feet hip-width apart. Press into your feet and lift your hips off the floor. Engage your buttocks and your core muscles. Imagine your tugging your heels on the mat towards your shoulders to engage your hamstring and glutes even more. Inner lace your hands under back and press the backs of the arms in to the floor to help lift your hips higher. Hold 5-8 breaths then release before coming back up 2 more times. Bonus: opens up the lungs and brings more oxygen in to our body so we can breathe deeper and calm down.

Which is your favorite butt-sculpting pose?

Share it with me in the comments!

Kristin McGee

Renowned celebrity trainer Kristin McGee is certified in yoga, Pilates and fitness, and is dedicated to a program of healthy eating for all. She has worked with a long list of celebrities such as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, LeAnn Rimes, and appeared in the DVD "Body by Bethenny." You may know Kristin from her many television appearances: CNN, "CBS This Morning," FOX, "Good Morning America" and "Tyra," to name a few. She is a frequent contributor to and has been profiled by many lifestyle and fitness titles, is a Contributing Editor to Health Magazine and leads retreats around the world. Kristin teaches at Reebok/Sports Club L.A., Clay Health and Fitness, Equinox Fitness, Yoga Works, and more. She is also a Fila Yoga Ambassador.

Check out Kristin's complete collection of DVDs Power Yoga, Weight Loss Pilates, Bendigirl Yoga!

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