The warrior pose tightens muscles for slimmer thighs.
While you can reduce your thighs with weight loss, specific yoga exercises can tone and tighten your muscles, resulting in slimmer thighs. Many exercises work the large leg muscles, such as the quadriceps on the front of the thighs and the hamstrings in the back. But bulging inner thighs or saddlebags on the outside of your thighs can add girth, even when your weight is within normal limits. Target inner and outer thighs with yoga exercises for a slimmer, sleeker look.
Target Your Inner Thighs
Seated stretches tighten your inner thigh muscles. Sitting erect on the floor, pull your feet toward your crotch. While pulling on your feet, press your knees toward the floor as far as possible. Do not bounce. Hold the position to the count of 20. Side stretches also work the inner thighs. From a standing position with feet hip-width apart, raise your left arm toward the ceiling and bend to the right. Place your right hand on your right calf as you hold this stretch to a count of 20. Reverse the stretch for the other side. Increase the intensity of the stretch by widening your stance and leaning to the side far enough to hold your ankle.
Shift to the Outer Thighs
Exercises that abduct - move your leg away from the midline of your body - tighten and slim your outer thighs. The cow face pose works the outer thighs from a seated position with one leg crossed over the other and both feet pulled back toward your hips. Bring the arm on the same side as the top leg out to the side. Bend your elbow and reach behind your back. Raise the other arm toward the ceiling. Bend your arm at the elbow and reach down behind your head, as if to clasp hands behind your back. Hold this pose for approximately one minute, then reverse the position with the other leg on top. Also switch arm positions.
Firm Your Glutes
Firm buttocks slim the thighs. Lie on your belly to do the half frog pose and firm your thighs and buttocks. Pressing your lower arms against the floor, push your body upward. Bend your left leg at the knee. Reach behind you with your left arm and grasp your left foot. Gently pull your foot toward your hip. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Repeat on the other side. Once you achieve sufficient flexibility, bend both legs at the same time, keeping your upper body and head stretched upward.
Warm it Up
Before you before yoga exercises, warm up your muscles with walking, biking or light aerobics. If you have been away from exercise for a while or if you have medical or physical conditions that can be exacerbated by exercise, consult with your medical provider before you begin a new exercise regimen. When performing yoga exercises, if it hurts, don't do it. It is better to modify the exercise than to sustain injury to muscles, tendons or joints.