Hi, so in this series we’re going to talk
about Yoga for strengthening the upper body. And there are a few certain things that people
don’t think about a lot when they think about trying to build up strength in their upper
body, especially for us girls. Number one, strengthening the upper body is not just about
strengthening your arms. Its about the whole package which includes your pecks and it includes
your trapezius muscles, it includes your latissimus dorsi which are across your shoulder blades.
It includes a lot more than just using your arms. So integration is key. You’re going
to want to in these poses think about not just holding yourself with your arms or pushing
with your arms, but using your core, pulling that strength up from your core and sending
it out through your muscles using your back. Using all of that power that you have in those
lats which are big strong muscles. And you’re going to want to think about sending that
energy out through your arms as we strengthen, as we push and as we release. The other think
that’s important to know is that there are pushing muscles and there are pulling muscles.
So in these postures we’re going to work a lot with supporting our own body weight. Which
is going to mean that we’re working on our pushing muscles. Right, for support, push
up. We’ll do those sorts of things. It is good to have balance which means that you
also should find another kind of practice for strengthening your pulling muscles. Such
as going to the gym, hanging on something, getting a cross bar, getting one of those
chin up bars to put across your door. Hang on it and see if you can do those pull ups.
There are things like that. Just keep that in mind when you practice, you want a total
practice and not just your pushing muscles and your pulling muscles. The other important
thing is that the upper body encompasses the fourth chakra which is the heart chakra. And
in Yoga this is quite a beautiful thing. The fourth chakra is the chakra that’s associated
with your heart and giving and receiving. In Yoga they say that if your upper body is
strong you can give and you can receive huge blessings. So keep that in mind and when you’re
strengthening your whole upper body and make this a joyful practice and not just an incredibly
difficult one, especially again, for the girls. Alright, here we go..