You may not always have time to make it to a yoga class or to the gym. But you can still get in some quality strengthening and toning exercises right in the comfort of your own home. Here, we highlight eight easy yoga moves that are sure to strengthen and tone your legs in no time.
Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
Start in a standing position, with your feet together and your arms reaching up. Bend your knees and your arms, as if you were sitting in a chair, and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Stand and resume the starting position and repeat three times.
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Start in a standing position with your feet wider than your hips. Raise your arms to shoulder height, with your palms facing down. Stretch your right foot to the side, and your left foot at a 45-degree angle. Lean towards your right side, reaching into the right side of your body and anchoring your right hand towards the ground. Stretch your left hand up towards the ceiling, feeling the stretch in both arms, and your right oblique, and hold for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (Extended Hand-to-Big Toe Pose)
Start standing and bring your left foot up towards your butt, with your left hand holding your foot. Keep your right leg nice and straight, and reach your right arm up as high as you can. Hold for 15 to 20 seconds, and repeat on the other side. This move is great for improving balance.
Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge Pose)
Start in a low lunge position on the floor, with your left leg back and your right leg forward. Arc your arms into a crescent shape, and arch your back forward. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, and repeat on the other side. This move will help improve posture.
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose)
Start standing and take a big step forward with your right leg, keeping both legs bent. Place your arms over your head, and hold for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat this move on the other side.
Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
Start in a low lunge position on the floor, with your left leg back and your right leg forward. Place both hands on the top of your right thigh and straighten your right leg. Stretch your left arm up and stretch your right arm down towards the floor. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, and repeat on the other side.