3 Yoga Moves for Swimsuit Legs
Here’s some of my favorite yoga moves for toning our legs. I love that yoga helps us connect with our bodies and feel strong and confident. It’s always best to acknowledge what our body can do for us, as opposed to obsessing on how it looks. Yet, swimsuit season can be a little daunting; and having sexy, sculpted legs helps us feel more self-assured in our bikinis.
Awkward Chair Pose—Chair pose is a great squat that sculpts the hips, thighs and buttocks. Start standing with your feet together, then bend your knees and sit back in to an imaginary chair. Lift your arms up alongside your ears and press your palms together. Feel your legs completely engaged and supporting you in the pose. Hold 8 to 10 breaths for maximum results and repeat 3 to 5 times.
Revolved Half Moon Pose—Standing at the front of your mat, lift your right leg up in the air as your hinge your upper body forward (as if coming in to Warrior 3). Lower your right hand to the floor, and lift your left hand up in to a twist. Keep your pelvis completely level, engage your thighs, and twist from your core and waist. Hold 5-8 breaths on each side.
Upward Plank Pose—Start seated with your legs straight out in front of you and your hands ten inches behind you with your fingers facing forward. Press firmly in to your hands and feet and lift your body up. Engage your hamstrings and entire back body. Hold for 8-10 breaths and repeat 2 more times. I love this pose for toning the area where the buttocks and top of thighs meet.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!