This resistance band triangle variation will give you a surprising challenge to your upper arm, back, and core muscles.
I sometimes call it “hoist the suitcase to the overhead bin”.
The modest appearing resistance band in some yoga asanas(poses) offers benefits such as increased awareness of our muscles, to increased strength, and more. You can see more examples of resistance band employment here.
By the way, don’t let anyone dismiss resistance bands as “less than” for strength enhancement. The research is there and well documented. Check out one of several systematic reviews cited below.
(1) Only 30.2% of adults surveyed in the U.S. meet muscle-strengthening exercise recommendations (two or more times/week).
Older age, insufficient aerobic activity, lower income, lower education, poorer self-rated health, being female, and being overweight/obese were significantly associated with lowering strength training odds.(2)
So…If you aren’t doing strength training at least twice per week, how about beginning with bands in yoga poses? You can even incrementally use thicker, harder bands.
This is part of how I teach the physical aspects of yoga!
1. Effects of training with elastic resistance versus conventional resistance on muscular strength: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Jaqueline Santos Silva Lopes, Aryane Flauzino Machado, Jéssica Kirsch Micheletti, Aline Castilho de Almeida, Allysiê Priscila Cavina, and Carlos Marcelo Pastre. SAGE Open Medicine 2019 10.1177/2050312119831116
2. Bennie JA, Lee DC, Khan A, Wiesner GH, Bauman AE, Stamatakis E, Biddle SJH. Muscle-Strengthening Exercise Among 397,423 U.S. Adults: Prevalence, Correlates, and Associations With Health Conditions. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Dec;55(6):864-874. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.07.022. Epub 2018 Oct 24. PMID: 30458949.
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