Hot Arms for Spring: 3 Yoga Moves
Time to bare arms! Spring is here -- as are tank tops and short sleeves. If you want your arms to look super sexy for spring, concentrate on these 3 yoga poses.
Dolphin -- Yogi Push-UpsStart in a downward facing dog pose and lower your elbows to the floor, interlace your fingers and make a fist with your hands. Walk your feet back a few inches then inhale. Lengthen your torso forward as if your chin were going to touch in front of your fists (coming in to a plank position).
Press back from plank into your forearm downdog. Repeat 8-10 times.
Crow PoseFrom downward dog, walk or hop your feet forward in to a squat position. Lift your hips as high as you can and bend your elbows back like chaturanga arms. Press your inner thighs around your upper outer arms, squeezing tightly with the legs as you shift your weight forward into your arms and use your abs to lift your toes up off the mat. Try to hold 5 breaths then lower down. Don’t give up on crow pose; just by attempting it, you are working your arms. Put a pillow in front of you as a crash pad to get over your fear of falling. As you get stronger in crow, try straightening your arms for an extra challenge.
Table TopAfter you lower down from crow, have a seat. Bend your knees, place your feet flat on the mat and place your hands 10-12 inches behind you with your fingers facing forward. On an inhalation, lift your entire body up off the mat. Press firmly into your feet and hands; and use the back of your arms and triceps to open up your chest and hold yourself in the pose. Stay at least 5 to 8 breaths before lowering.
Even if all you have time for is a set of Yogi Push-ups every morning or evening (do them while watching TV!), your arms will look super hot in your tanks, tees, and flirty spring dresses.
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.
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