Butt Nothing

By Kristen Dollard, Photographs by Michael E.


"Don't look for results the first time. Muscles will get worked, your calories will be burned," says Mark Blanchard of Power Progressive Yoga in Los Angeles of these posterior postures. Come out of each pose when you start struggling: "You're defeating the practice if you're struggling and imbalanced, because you're trying to create symmetry in the body," he says.

Chair (Utkatasana)
Stand in Mountain pose: Arms at sides, sternum lifted. Bend your knees deeply. Squeeze your inner thighs together and straighten your arms, lifting them above your head and stretching your fingertips toward the sky. Accentuate the lift in your arms and chest so your upper spine is in a slight backbend. Tuck your pelvis. "Hold that for as long as you can keep a smile on your face," Blanchard says. "If the smile left your face, you've left your yoga pose." Shoot for 10 breaths. Feel that butt-burn?


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