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As well as balancing the body, mind and spirit, the toning and strengthening aspects of yoga asanas are evident. Many poses will help you to build strong and lean arms with defined muscle tone. The arm stretches and arm balances shown below will give you a great arm workout and bring desirable results. Cowface pose or Gomukhasana A challenging seated pose which opens up the shoulders and chest and stretches the arms. Starting in Dandasana (Staff Pose), cross right leg over left leg keeping both knees in line, stacked over each other.
Be kind to yourself when you practice yoga. Go slowly, especially in the beginning, and listen to your body. It knows what it can do. If it says "stop," stop. Don't push it.
Yoga Journal's Yoga Poses channel has a comprehensive index of all the most popular yoga poses. Explore different asanas, or build your own sequence with our interactive sequence builder. For each pose, you'll find detailed images and explanations of how to get into the pose, breathe in it, and incorporate it into an enlightening routine. You can even watch videos from experts. Do you find yourself confused and looking around the studio when your yoga teacher asks you to get into Adho Mukha Svanasana?