Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who leads YJ's online course Pillars of Power Yoga, demonstrates 10 poses that tone and strengthen your arms without adding bulk.
Yoga is an incredible way to build upper body strength and tone and sculpt all the muscles in the arms WITHOUT bulking up. When I lift weights I can create muscle mass quickly, so working out at the gym always made me feel bigger and more dense, rather than stronger and more confident in my body. It wasn’t until I committed to Baptiste Yoga—using my own body weight to build strength—that I started to see results that were unique to my own body and practice.
These 10 poses will help you cultivate long, lean muscles in your arms without creating bulk. They will also make you feel more open, more energized, and more in touch with your personal power. Before you begin this sequence, I recommend warming up with at least 3 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. You can practice these poses as they are in the sequence or add them into your own practice independently. Hold each pose for 5 breaths unless otherwise noted. And remember to rest in Child’s Pose whenever you need a break.