Summer is coming in full force pretty soon; thus, shorts and skirts season is going to be open. For this, you need to prepare yourself with toned and lean legs! Not only that, you need to regain your flexibility from winter. In this article, you will find an appropriate ‘stretch to elongate’ yoga sequence that will lengthen and strengthen your legs. This way, you will feel great about putting them on display.
February 14th is also right around the corner so if you want to show off your legs, now is the time! If you want to lengthen and tone your legs for a sexy look, this yoga sequence is the answer. You will work on your glutes, hip flexors, quads, adductors, abductors, hamstrings, calves, and Achilles tendons.
If you get started now, you’ll be ready right on time for any slender-fitting summer fashion.
1. Wide-Legged Runner’s Lunge
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Strat by doing a simple lunge;
Make sure you have the right foot forward;
Take both hands inside of right foot:
Move the right foot a bit over to the right;
Keep your left knee down;
Start reaching the hips back toward left heel, lengthening right leg;
Relax and fold inside of right thigh;
Hold this position for 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the other leg.
2. Ankle to Knee Pose
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Start by sitting upright;
Take right shin parallel to the front of the mat;
Stack left shin directly on top of and in line with it;
Make sure to keep the feet flexed to protect the knees;
Hold this position for 5 deep breaths, then repeat with the other shin.
3. Lizard Pose
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Start from the down dog position;
Lift your right leg high to make a split while maintain down dog position;
Open your hip;
Bend the knee;
Place your right foot outside of right hand;
Keep your left knee to the ground;
Gently lower forearms to the ground;
Hold this pose for 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side.
4. Reclined Hand-to-Foot Pose
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Start by lying face-up;
Bring your right knee in toward your chest;
Grab the outer edge of right foot;
Start lengthening your leg by gently pulling foot in the direction of your head;
Make sure to keep your knee bent;
Hold this position for five deep breaths, then repeat with the other leg.
5. Shin Cradle Pose
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While sitting on the ground with left leg long in front of you, round spine a bit;
Take the right knee into right elbow;
Take the right foot into left hand;
Wrap arms around your shin;
Slowly bring the spine upright;
Hold this position for 5 deep breaths, then repeat with right leg long and left shin cradled.
6. Shoulder Under Knee, Foot Hold
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Continuing from shin cradle, take right hand to right ankle;
Take left hand over and to the outer edge of right foot;
Round spine and wiggle right shoulder underneath right knee;
Start lengthening the spine and hold this pose for 3 deep breaths;
Repeat on the other side.
7. Compass Pose
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Continuing the previous pose, release right hand to the ground;
Soften your right elbow;
Start to poke head under left shoulder;
Then, begin lengthening the right leg to any degree you can handle;
Hold this position for at least 5 deep breaths.
That’s it, you did it! A complete ‘stretch & elongate’ yoga sequence! Now you can be proud of your beautifully toned and sculpted legs.