The 5 Best Butt-Busting Yoga Poses
by Emily L. Foley
Confession time: This pregnancy is kicking my butt. As it, making it huge and saggy. It was way easier for me to stay in shape the first time around, but this time, I am having to work (hard) to stay even remotely in shape. And, since I was too nauseous the entire first half to do any kind of exercising at all, I’m having to work overtime now to fix the serious spread that has overtaken my butt, arms and hips. But mostly, my butt.
Fortunately, my body loves yoga and responds really well to it, so I’m on mission yoga butt! You know yoga butt, right? That perfectly perky, tight, high booty? Well, here are the best 5 yoga poses to help you get that perfect perky butt we all dream of. And great news–they aren’t hard!
1) Chair Pose
Begin standing with your feet together, arms at sides, abs tight. Sit back, bending your knees deeply and bring your weight into your heels. Lift your arms overhead, fully extended. Hold for 10 breaths.
2) 3-Legged Dog
Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Lift your right leg straight back and up into the air, keeping your shoulders parallel with the floor. Hold for 10 breaths. Repeat with the left leg.
3) Goddess Pose:
From standing, turn both feet out, so your heels are pointing in. Bring your arms straight up over your head. Then, bend your knees and elbows at 90-degree angles. Hold for 10 breaths.
For an added challenge, go up on the balls of your feet and hold for another 10 breaths.
4) Balancing Table
Begin on your hands and knees. Reach your right arm straight out in front of you and your left leg straight out behind you, both parallel to the floor. Tighten your abs and lift your arm and leg higher. Hold for 10 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
5) Bridge Pose
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Place your arms at your sides. Pressing into your feet, lift up your hips and clasp your hands under your back. Be careful not to overarch your back. Hold for 10 breaths.
As I mentioned, the best part about all of these poses is not only do they really work, but they don’t feel super hard/strenuous while you’re doing them!
Did I leave your favorite butt-focused yoga pose off the list? Let me know which one you love in the comments below!
Peace, Love and Yoga Butt,