In a conversation involving the role of yoga to get that prim and poised body, the name of B-town fitness diva Malaika Arora surely pops up. Known for her strict adherence and commitment to a healthier lifestyle and yoga, she never fails to fuel our motivation levels. From high-intensity gym workouts to power yoga sessions to buddy workouts, she aces it all. And this time, she has given us some fitsp to pursue yoga for toned legs!
“I love doing high-intensity workouts that tone my body. And you know what, sometimes the simplest looking asanas are the most effective,” Malaika wrote alongside her post.
Mostly papped outside her gym or yoga studio, she manages to squeeze some time out for herself even in her on-the-go lifestyle. With her passion for yoga and fitness, she seems to be aging backward, defying all age and body stereotypes.
As fans, we frantically wait for #MalaikasMoveOfTheWeek.
So, Malaika took to her social media to spill the beans about her perfectly toned legs. This time, she went basic by rolling out her yoga mat in a garden with breezy white yoga apparel, nothing fancy.
In her Insta reel, she is seen doing one of her go-to asana, Utkatasana aka Chair pose. A low-squatting exercise, it works like magic for toning your legs.
Here’s why Chair Pose is Malaika’s go-to yoga asana for toned legs
1. Strengthens lower body muscles
This chair pose gets your legs, upper back, lower back, hips, glutes, and feet in motion. Further, Utkatasana widens and elongates your back, boosts stamina, and strengthens your core strength and muscles. If you are experiencing any rigidity in your shoulders, arms, or back, this pose can help alleviate any stiffness.
2. Stretches your upper body
As an essential part of sun salutation yoga, the chair pose gives a stretch to your shoulders and chest and engages all the upper body muscles with it. As it involves the use of body control, Utkatasna promotes better balance and gives the right posture to the body. With extensive use of the shoulders and back, your upper body gets that stretch for better motion and posture.
3. A stress-buster for all
Indulging in any type of daily yoga activity helps relieve stress. The chair pose demands a strong hold over our body, so it aids in building a strong focus. Alongside, it widens our chest, thus improving the capacity of lungs and respiration.
Here’s how to do yoga pose Utkatasana
1. Start by standing tall and taking a few deep breaths to get ready.
2. Gently bring your but back and begin to bend your knees slightly.
3. Raise your arms as you inhale and keep your breath deep and normal.
4. Keep your body weight on the thighs and not on your knees. You will feel tight strength on your back and thighs.
5. Stay in the pose for at least 5 deep breaths.
6. Gently inhale, and stand up tall again to get back to normal and relax.
So, start your week by doing your version of Utkatasana, and stay consistent with a daily regime.