Yoga poses are good and effective for toning and body strengthening. The practice is ancient, but studies show that there are poses that aid in the body strengthening and toning. Yoga has much emphasis on strength, flexibility and stretching. It also helps soreness reduction, especially on the back. Yoga practices are also essential in improving the functions of the joints.

Child Pose

Most of these moves can help reduce common types of arthritis. The stretch is essential for elongating the back. One should do this pose just before bed. It helps the joints stretch and relax after a tiring day. Stretch your arms in the direction you are facing and straight on the ground or floor. Rest above your glutes just above your heels and make sure that they do not touch or come into contact with the heels.


Triangle Pose

The pose is mainly for making the back strong and toning the body. Stand with feet together and straight. Ensure that you then lunge the left foot back four feet. Then point or let your right foot be at an angle of 45-degrees. Then turn the chest to the side. Opening the right arm to face the ground and the other one facing the sky or the ceiling.

Triangle Pose Yoga Nature

Upward Forward Bend

The hamstrings benefit from this pose together with the muscles and the joints in the back. Try with your feet and the shoulders a width apart. Knees should not be locked and need to be loose. Exhale and bend forward while you hinge at the waist, while you bend, reach the floor. Reaching to the floor may seem challenging for some but with practice, the yoga pose gets simple. You can however stop or relax at that point that the hamstrings are comfortable.


Crocodile pose

Stretch both legs slowly in the backward direction. Stretch the feet out at a width of the shoulders. Keep the hands beneath the head. Ensure the forehead rests on forearms.


Shoulder stand

Lie straight on the floor with the arms on the sides. Ensure your knees bend and rock the legs up. Take the knees close to the forehead. Let your hands below or under the hips for support. Ensure elbows stay on the floor. Then straighten both legs into the air and try to balance

Shoulder Stand Yoga Nature

Chair Pose

It helps to strengthen and stretch the joints. Stand with feet together. Bend to the way down quarterly. Raise the arms above the head. Then place palms together. The chair pose is essential and stretches joints in the knees, the shoulders and the thighs.


Pigeon Pose

The pose is good for stretching your hip joints and the flexors. Start with downward-facing-dog pose, the feet should be together. Let your left knee draw forward and make it turn out so the leg bends at an angle that is almost perpendicular.

Then slowly lower the two legs to the ground or floor. Keep the right leg right behind you and make sure it is extended. Then pull the left foot from the ground then in, in the direction of your back.Pigeon-Pose-Yoga_Mat


Lie on the back. Relax and ensure arms rest on sides or palm on stomach or belly. In this position, relax or take rest.


Cat and Cow Pose

Start by having all fours on the ground while you face the ground. Move with a poise that is similar to that of a cat such that you press the spine up. You can remain this way for some time and then shift to the cow posture. In the cow posture, try scooping the spin in. Press the blades of your shoulders and also lift your head. Do this for some time. Keep alternating the cat and cow postures to spine relaxation and stretching. It also aids in easing or relieving of the tension in the spine and thus ensures the body remains strong.


Downward – Facing Dog

The pose strengthens the back and the back extensors. It will also help improve circulation to your brain and overall body. If yoga is done more times or regularly, it helps to stretch the body totally and reduce pain in all the joints.


To summarize…

Try yoga poses to help you strengthen and tone your body. The poses are also good for the prevention of problems associated with the joints. The Yoga practices and poses have real benefits and are helpful.

Author Bio

Kathy Mitchell was born and raised in USA. She has done MA in English literature, she loves to write articles on health and beauty. Also she is contributing to consumer health digest since 2011. Her articles are both professional and creative. She loves to read health product reviews online. You can contact her on Facebook and twitter.

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