Tree Pose (Vrksasana)Tree pose strengthens the supporting leg, gluteal muscles and arms as well as the abdominals for stability. When one side of the body is supporting the posture for balance, additional strength and calorie burn is added.
Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)Dancer pose requires support through the standing leg, builds strength in the arm of the flexed shoulder and pectoralis muscles of the externally rotated shoulder. Balancing on one leg with the opposing limb extended is demanding as it creates a play on gravity. The strength created from this posture builds additional muscle strength which support joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Twisted high lunge (Parivrtta Anjaneyasana)High lunge is considered a balancing posture as it recruits leg and abdominal muscles to maintain that lunge position. Twisting increases blood flow in the body as well as mobility to the organs. Movement of the organs increases blood flow and brings in nutrient rich oxygen to the body. When twisting, abdominal organs are squeezed, when the twists are released clean blood and oxygen enter the organs.
Chair Pose (Utkatasana)Strengthens the arms, shoulders, lower back, abdominals, quadriceps, ankles, and calves. Try holding chair pose for more than 5 breaths and the legs will start to burn.