“Hi Kelly!! I'm really wanting to get stronger, specifically working on my upper body strength before the end of the summer holidays! I want to not be ashamed of my noodley arms - any suggestions on yoga routines or poses or whatever? :D”
Hello friendly stranger!
There, there, dear. All are welcome into the loving embrace of my noodley appendage.
ok but really - firstly, your arms aren’t noodley. second, ok so who cares if they are? mine are noodley too. is noodley the worst thing to be? fuck no! let’s move on.
If you want to build strength in your upper body, I would suggest:
- plank (press up between your shoulder blades, keep your core engaged, make one long line from your head to your heels ie don’t let your hips lift or sink)
- forearm plank (same tipz)
- down dog (pull your shoulders down your spine and away from your ears instead of collapsing into your shoulders and hanging on your joints)
- CHATURANGA capslock here because SERIOUSLY HO LEE SHIT
- chaturanga is basically a low version of plank. it’s a tricep pushup. if you can’t do these yet, do them on your knees: from plank on your knees (one long line from your head down to your hips), squeeze your elbows into your sides, and lower your body down (don’t drop your belly first) as you bend your elbows back to a 90-degree angle. then press back up to your plank (on knees, or however you started)
- good ol’ pushups
- engage your arms in poses like Warrior II, Warrior III, Airplane (a variation of Warrior III), Locust variation (arms down by your sides, palms facing down toward the floor, squeeze/engage your triceps when you lift up), really anything where your arms are lifted or outstretched in any way. It’s really easy to let your arms become noodles in these poses because you’re concentrating on other things, like how much your quads burn in Warrior II, or your balance in Warrior III, or lifting your chest and legs in Locust. so think about squeezing your noodley appendages, and they will gain strength!
I hope this helps!