Fat Burn: Balance and Tone with Eagle Arm Lunge

It may sound dainty but trust us, this hybrid move is anything but! Testing your balance with traditional yoga and toning your behind with backward lunges, Eagle Arm Lunge gives your body a heart-pumping workout.

by Asana Rebel

1 Benefits

By modifying the standard lunge, which is a tried-and-true move for a sculpted behind, you’ll target your inner thighs as well stabilize your hips to improve your balance and your posture.

2 Step-by-Step Guide

Start in Mountain Pose (standing at the front of your mat, feet together, legs active and arms by your sides).

  1. Now reach your arms forward, parallel to the floor, taking your right elbow above your left. (The trick here is to tuck your right elbow into the crook of your left, raising your forearms perpendicular to your mat. Remember that the backs of your hands should be facing each other.)
  2. Slowly bending both of your knees, proceed to step your left knee behind your right, as you would in a traditional Curtsy Pose.
  3. Now gently kick your right foot out forward, extending your right leg out in front of you.
  4. Step your right foot back onto your mat.
  5. Repeat this sequence a total of 5 times.

3 Focus Areas

  • Tones your behind
  • Improves your sense of balance
  • Strengthens your arms, legs, knees and ankles

4 Eagle Arm Lunge Tips

As you perform this sequence, try to not let your front knee jut in front of your toes. This can put unnecessary strain on your knee joints. To keep your balance steady, remember to keep about three-quarters of your weight on your front leg and focus your eyes on a singular spot in front of you.

5 Variations

To further invigorate your body, add a Warrior III Pose to the end of this sequence. Begin in your original Mountain Pose. Now step your right foot about a foot in front of you, shifting all your weight onto that leg. Inhale, raising your arms over your head and interlacing your fingers. As you exhale, lift your left leg up and out, hinging at your hips to lower your arms and torso down toward your mat. (Make sure to pick a focal point on your mat and keep your gaze steady.) Now lengthen your entire body, imagining if you were creating one straight line. Breathe and hold this pose for 2-6 breaths.