Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who will lead Yoga Journal's upcoming online course Pillars of Power Yoga (sign up here to be the first to know when this fitness- and focus-boosting course launches), presents 9 poses that help you tone and strengthen your glutes and legs. Your yoga pants will thank you.
Strong glutes support the low back, hips and knees, stabilize the pelvis, free up the hip flexors, and — it’s OK to admit it — look amazing in yoga pants. But since so many of us spend our days sitting in front of computers or in cars with our glutes and leg muscles turned off, a “yoga butt” takes a little bit of effort.
The following 9 poses strengthen and tone your butt and legs, boosting your confidence on and off the mat. These poses are physically challenging and demand your full presence, so set your drishti, or focus, in each pose in order to stay present and tap into your full power. Generating Ujjayi breath will also help. I suggest starting with 3–5 rounds of both Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B as a warm-up.