Yoga Practice

Toned Tuesday #4: Warrior III Lifts

Back in Tampa when I used to do strength training, deadlifts were one of my all-time favorite moves to do because they were SO effective for strengthening the lower body. Especially because I wanted to get a little shape in my legs and butt, deadlifts were all the rage in my own routine πŸ™‚

Now, fast forward to moving to France where there’s absolutely ZERO gym culture or availability in my town, and I have to improvise. So, all that to say: these Warrior III Lifts are the yogic version of a deadlift. No joke.

Your mini-challenge: so 15 on each side.

Step 1: Come to standing. … well, that was easy! Your hands can be anywhere, but make sure you’re drawing in the belly to keep the core engaged and the back safe. Keep a soft bend in the grounded leg’s knee.
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Step 2: Slowly lower down. Keep the grounded knee bent! Slowly drop the chest down halfway as you extend back through the floating leg. Keep the floating leg turned down so the toes face the floor. Keep the shoulders aligned with the hips. On an inhale, come back up to standing and repeat!
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Over to you! How’d it go? Do you feeeeeel everything taking shape? πŸ˜‰

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4 Comments

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    Xandria

    May 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I felt that a lot more than I thought I would!
    It was great πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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    S

    May 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Omg i felt that after my workouts, managed to do only 10 each side!!!!! Boy my legs are gonna feel that tomorrow!!!!

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    Bobbie

    May 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I really like the Toned Tuesday segment, I have added each of them to my morning workout. Thank you.

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    Elizabeth

    June 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I never really thought of using yoga “reps” for strength training! What other poses are good for strengthening the legs, but also increasing stability in the knees? Also, what advice do you have for building a balance flow that’s more personalized? I find that a lot of yoga flows are either too general, or their too specific to one area of the body.

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