While many people concentrate on making their abs toned and upper body in shape, legs are often neglected. To mention, legs bear the weight of your entire body and take you places, they undergo major wear and tear. As we sit in office all day, or rush home post-work, our legs do most of the work. Try doing yoga for weak legs to not only stretch but relax your tired leg muscles.
HealthShots spoke to Grand Master Akshar, a yoga master, spiritual guru, and lifestyle coach, who shared with us 4 yoga asanas that build up the strength of your legs.
As yoga has asanas for head to your tiniest toe, here’s a guide on yoga for weak legs:
Baddha Konasana (Bound-angle pose)
Sit up straight with both your feet facing each other and tucked as close to the groins as possible.
You will feel an immediate stretch in your inner thighs, be careful to go with your body limits. Inhale and exhale here.
Take a deep exhale, bend your upper body forwards.
Try to stay as close to the ground as possible.
Inhale to come back up to zero.
Hold for a minimum of 5 counts, repeat it for 5 sets.
Malasana (Waste evacuation pose)
Practitioners with knee issues need to avoid this posture. Open your feet a little more than shoulder distance apart.
Exhale and sit down, with your pelvis raised, your full body weight is equally divided on both your feet.
Pressure on your shin and calf muscles is natural in this posture.
Keep your back straight, and hold the posture.
Keep both feet fully flat on the floor.
Parshvakonasana ( Side-angle pose)
Spread your legs for 3.5 to 4feet distance, now shift your body weight to your right leg.
Bend your right leg in a way that your right ankle is aligned to the right knee, your right palm in line with your right feet from inside.
Check the alignment of your knee, ankle and shoulders.
Inhale and lift your left hands up to the sky.
Hold this for up to 10 seconds before you move to the left side and repeat the same.Stiff legs and tight hips lead to undue pressure on the lower back. When you work on the muscles surrounding your hips, you help maintain a healthy range of motion for your hips, legs and back, all three regions of your body. As you do this yoga for weak legs, your feet will experience a flow of energy with increased blood circulation.