Yoga is a gentle form of exercise that is adaptable to most fitness levels. For those wanting to get rid of excess weight around the thighs, certain yoga poses can help tone and strengthen the legs, and help slim the thighs. You will first need a yoga mat and obtain comfortable clothing to wear. Make sure you consult your doctor before beginning this or any other fitness program.
Begin seated on the mat in an upright position. Open the legs wide. Inhale and reach both hands up overhead. Exhale and stretch over the right leg, holding the stretch for several breaths. Inhale again and come back up. Repeat this process for the opposite leg. This side-leg stretch is a gentle warm-up exercise that helps stretch the inner thighs and tone the waist.
Come to a standing position in the center of the mat. Step the right foot forward and the left foot back. Inhale and raise the arms up parallel to the floor. Exhale and bend the right knee, looking over the left hand. Hold this position for several deep breaths, then repeat on the opposite side. The warrior pose helps to both stretch and tone the thighs, as well as strengthen the arms.
Come back to a standing position in the center of the mat, this time with your legs together. Shift your body weight into your right leg. Bend the left knee and open the leg out to the side. Slowly raise the left foot up to the side of the leg, as high as you can. Bring your hands together, either over your heart, or overhead if you can maintain your balance. Breathe deeply. The tree pose is excellent for strengthening the large muscles of the legs.
Sit on the mat with legs together. Bend the right knee and bring the foot into the inner thigh. Inhale and reach up overhead. Exhale and extend over the left leg, reaching for the foot or ankle. Drop your head and relax the neck and shoulders. Hold this pose for several breaths, then repeat on the opposite leg. This cool-down stretch helps stretch and tone both the thigh muscles and the hamstrings.