You worked hard all summer to sculpt your best beach body. But now as the temperatures are dropping and you are piling on the extra layers of cozy clothes, you’re afraid you may also pile on the extra layers around your belly.
Don’t worry – we all share this fear!
This is why we’ve created a yoga flow to help your maintain your beach body all year long.
The most important thing to remember is that you have to live an active and healthy lifestyle to maintain that hot beach bod. So, aside from incorporating these poses and variations into your next yoga practice, you also have to maintain your clean eating habits all winter long as well as sweating daily!
How to Create a Yoga Routine to Maintain Your Beach Bod
A great way to stay committed to your practice is to make it fun and change up your routine every now and then.
If you are constantly going to the same yoga class at the same studio or doing the same sequence in your home practice you will likely become bored. Plus, your body gets used to the same exercises and will plateau, making it harder to see results.
Try switching up your routine by incorporating some of these variations to your typical yoga poses.
Here Are 12 Challenging Yoga Poses For Full Body Strengthening and Toning:
Keep your summer beach body all winter long with these 12 challenging poses that will tone your butt, thighs, abs and upper body!
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The Beach Body Bonus will burn extra calories and get your heart rate up! Try these moves on their own or as a sequence.
1. Chair Pose
What it tones: Thighs, calves, spine and arms
How to practice Chair Pose:
- Begin standing at the top of your mat, feet hip-width distance apart
- Raise your arms skyward, palms facing each other
- Bend your knees and begin sitting back, weight shifting slightly into the heels. Try to get the thighs as close to parallel to the floor as possible. Allow your tailbone to drop down towards the floor to keep your lower back long
- Hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute
Beach Body Bonus: Add some pulses in Chair Pose. Lift your hips down an inch and up an inch, keeping the movement small and controlled.
2. Piston Plank
What it tones: Abs, upper body
How to practice Piston Plank:
- Begin in High Plank. Stack your shoulders over wrists and be sure to keep your core tight and engaged
- Lift your right foot off the ground and bending your right knee, draw the knee towards your left tricep
- Hold the knee as close to the tricep as possible for one breath and then extend the leg back to your starting position. Repeat up to 8 times – either alternating legs each time or doing one side at a time
Beach Body Bonus: Pick up the pace! Do 20 reps at rapid fire pace (alternating legs) to really get your heart rate up and feel a little extra burn!
3. Crescent Lunge
What it tones: Thighs, calves, core
How to practice Crescent Lunge:
- From Down Dog, step your right foot between your hands. Ensure that you place the foot all the way at the top of the mat and that your knee is stacked over the ankle
- Stay on the ball of the left foot and keep your left leg straight as you begin to raise your torso upright, straightening your spine
- Extend your arms over your head with palms facing each other
Beach Body Bonus: From Crescent Lunge, keep your arms extended overhead and begin to bend and straighten the back leg, bending the left knee at a 90 degree angle and dropping the knee towards the mat. Do 6-12 reps on each side.
4. Warrior 2 Pose
What it tones: Thighs, glutes
How to practice Warrior 2:
- From Crescent Lunge, spin your back heel down to the mat. Check to ensure the front heel is in line with the back heel
- Keep the front knee bent at 90 degrees and ensure the front knee is stacked over the front ankle
- Bring your arms out to a T. Keep arms active and extended at shoulder height, palms facing down and arms parallel to the floor
- Keep gaze forward, directly over the front middle finger
Beach Body Bonus: Add some dynamic movement to this Warrior 2. Bend and straighten the front knee a few times, getting deeper into the lunge with each movement. Then land at your lowest point and hold for 4-8 breaths.
5. Goddess Pose
What it tones: Thighs and glutes
How to practice Goddess Pose:
- From Warrior 2, straighten both legs and turn your body towards the long edge of the mat coming into a wide straddle stance with heels in and toes pointed outward
- Bend your knees and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor
- Tuck your tailbone in and keep shoulders stacked over hips
Beach Body Bonus: Once you are in Goddess Pose, you can intensify the pose by either lifting one heel at a time or squatting up and down for 5-10 reps.
6. Bridge Pose
What it tones: Glutes and hamstrings
How to practice Bridge Pose:
- Begin lying on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the ground, palms flat by your sides
- Lift your tailbone upward, lifting buttocks off the floor and peeling spine off the mat
- Lift your buttocks and imagine having a block between your legs – draw your thighs towards one another while keeping your knees stacked directly over the heels
Beach Body Bonus: Once you are lifted in Bridge Pose, you can add little pulses by lifting the hips up and down while simultaneously squeezing the glutes and inner thighs. If you are looking for even more burn, you can extend one leg skyward and do the lifts on one leg or lift and lower the straight leg to feel maximum burn!
7. Eagle Crunches
What it tones: Abs and lower back
How to practice Eagle Crunches:
- Begin lying flat on your back
- Lift your feet off the ground and wrap your right leg on top of your left leg, as if you were crossing your legs while sitting at a table
- Wrap your right arm under your left arm
- Utilizing your abs, bring your elbows and knees towards one another, allowing the shoulder blades to lift off the mat
- As you lower, tap your toes and finger tips on the ground behind your head. Repeat 10-20 reps on each side
Beach Body Bonus: Do more reps and try to lift hips and shoulders a bit higher off the ground. Note that going faster does not make this exercises more effective – instead try to slow the exercise down to feel the burn a bit more!
8. Boat Pose
What it tones: Abs, obliques, back and thighs
How to practice Boat Pose:
- Begin seated with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor
- Keep your spine straight and lean back slightly as you lift your feet off the ground, bringing your shins parallel to the floor
- Lift your chest and lengthen your front torso. Extend your arms forward and balance on your sit bones keeping a long and straight spine
Beach Body Bonus: For a more challenging variation, you can extend your legs straight out at a 45-degree angle from the ground (making a V-shape with your body). You can also bring your hands into prayer and add in a side-to-side rotation while holding Boat Pose.
9. Dolphin Pose
What it tones: Shoulders, upper back, abs
How to practice Dolphin Pose:
- Begin in Forearm Plank with your fingers spread wide and palms flat on the mat. Ensure that you are making a straight line between your elbows and middle fingers
- Walk your toes in towards your elbows as you pike your hips skyward
- Try to straighten your legs and lower your heels toward the mat
- Relax your head between your arms and settle your gaze either between your legs or up toward your belly button
Beach Body Bonus: To add more shoulder strengthening, you can shift your weight forward and back for Dolphin Push-Ups. Repeat for 10 reps and then rest in Child’s Pose.
10. One Leg Chaturanga
What it tones: Shoulders, back, arms
How to practice One Leg Chaturanga:
- Begin in Down Dog and lift your right leg skyward
- Begin to shift forward into Plank Pose, stacking your shoulders over your wrists
- Keep your right leg extended, toes lifted off the ground
- Bend elbows back to 90 degrees and lower into chaturanga, keeping the right leg lifted
- Hold the hover with elbows bent at 90 degrees and either press back to Down Dog or drop the top of the right foot onto the ground and move into Upward Facing Dog
Beach Body Bonus: Hold the hover with one leg lifted for 5-10 breaths, but remember to avoid sinking hips/belly or hiking your hips up in the air as you hold.
You Can Keep Your Beach Body No Matter What Month It Is
This yoga sequence will help you maintain your bikini body all year long. But remember that in addition to incorporating this sequence into your practice, the best way to maintain that summer bod year round is to sweat daily AND eat a clean diet.
Maintaining a year round beach body is something that you have to work for day in and day out . . . not just for the few months a year that you are lounging on the beach!
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