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Your legs do a lot for you. Whether you’re walking around on your feet all day or moving through a power yoga sequence, your legs support and carry you—literally. To make your day-to-day activities (including your yoga practice) a little bit easier, it’s important to build strength throughout your lower limbs. These yoga YouTube practices will help you do just that. We know you’ll end these sequences feeling stronger and more powerful—in both body and mind.
5 yoga practices to build strength in your leg muscles
A practice for building leg strength in under 20 minutes
Building strong legs doesn’t require hours in the gym. In this 17-minute vinyasa practice from Jessica Richburg, you’ll flow through a series of postures designed to simultaneously strengthen and tone your leg muscles. This sequence includes balancing postures, such as Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3 Pose), and reinvigorating twists, such as Revolved Chair Pose.
A 5-minute yoga practice for toned legs
Five minutes to stronger legs? You bet! In this yoga-inspired workout from Yoga With Bird, you’ll focus on strengthening the muscles throughout your entire leg—from your glutes to your calves. Additionally, you’ll also work on developing core strength by activating your abdominal muscles in Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose). This mini workout is perfect to add in before or after your yoga practice, or anytime you need a quick energy boost.
A vinyasa sequence combined with traditional leg exercises
Why choose between yoga and a traditional workout when you can do both? In this video from Josh Kramer, you’ll not only strengthen your leg muscles through a series of bodyweight exercises and balancing postures, but also stretch out your tired limbs. After just 30 minutes, you’ll feel like you’ve done a full workout (shaky legs included). Note: Two blocks are recommended for this practice.
20 minutes to strengthen your legs—and work up a sweat
Target your upper legs with this yoga-inspired workout from Black Yogi Nico Marie. This high-intensity practice is quick and challenging. Don’t be surprised if you work up a sweat! However, even though it may feel difficult, the video packed with accessible and familiar poses, such as Plank Pose, Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) and High Lunge.
A power yoga practice for your legs and core
This video offers two for the price of one—you’ll strengthen your legs and fire up your core in this 20-minute practice from Tana Yoga. Build heat through a series of powerful poses, such as Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose), and Malasana (Garland Pose), before wrapping it up with a nice, deep stretch. What more can you ask for?