The Best Yoga Exercises for Thighs & Breasts

The word “yoga” in Sanskrit means “yoke” or “to join,” so the practice is designed to unify the body. Yoga exercises tone the entire body and certain poses focus on firming different parts. Yoga connects movement with the breath to allow for space to stretch and open the mind and body. Certain postures focus on the legs that tone the thighs, while others focus on the breast region to open the chest.

Bridge Pose

The Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandhasana in Sanskrit, is a reclined inversion posture that works the spine, shoulders, legs and arms. The posture stretches the chest and opens the sternum (breastbone). The feet ground down to activate the thigh muscles, raising the hips. The hamstring and quadriceps muscles are fully engaged. The gluteus maximus, one of the gluteal muscles that directly gives shape to buttocks, is wholly activated, toned and strengthened.

Bow Pose

The Bow Pose, or Dhanurasana in Sanskrit, is a basic back-bend done lying on the stomach. The front of the body and entire chest are stretched while also stretching the thigh muscles.

Triangle Pose

The Triangle Pose, or Trikonasana in Sanskrit, is a hip-opening pose that stretches the sartorius, a back of the leg muscle, that flexes, pulls in and externally rotates the thigh. The torso spins toward the ceiling, stretching the chest open.

Gate-Latch Pose

The Gate-Latch Pose, or Parighasana in Sanskrit, is a kneeling side bend posture that stretches the side body, spine, arms and legs. The entire thigh is toned by working the adductor magnus, which aids in drawing the thigh back and lengthens the gracilis muscle that works in tandem with the thigh adductor muscle group.

Child’s Pose

The Child’s Pose, or Balasana in Sanskrit, is a kneeling forward-fold posture that lengthens the back of the thigh muscles, specifically the hamstrings and stretches the spine, hips and ankles.

Bound Angle Pose

The Bound Angle Pose, or Baddha Konasana in Sanskrit, is a basic seated groin and inner thigh stretch. The stretch focuses on the adductor magnus thigh muscle that draws the thigh in and extends the thigh backward.

Warrior I

The Warrior I pose, or Virabhadrasana I in Sanskrit, is an intermediate standing posture that activates the legs improving balance. The rectus femoris, one of the four quadriceps muscles, is entirely engaged and the knees and ankles are toned. The arms are raised over the head, causing the chest to open and the sternum to elongate.

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Desiree McKenzie has more than 10 years’ writing experience. She specializes in parenting, yoga, spirituality, health and wellness. McKenzie’s portfolio includes informational fact-based and research articles for websites like LIVESTRONG. She received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from The College of New Jersey and is a certified yoga teacher.