Boat Pose (Navasana) is yet another favorite. You can make it as challenging as you want, and it targets the entire body. It's also a GREAT way to work on building your core strength. If you've ever practiced this pose, you know that your entire core is working hard to keep your body in this nice V shape. Just staying in this pose for 30 seconds can feel like an entire workout.
How to Get There
There are quite a few ways to get into this pose ranging from simply lifting your legs off the floor from a seated position to getting fancy and jumping through to it from Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). You can also lower down into it from Chair Pose (Utkatasana), which is a personal favorite.
We'll go with the basics:
The nice thing about this pose is that there are so many stages, modifications and variations so as long as your muscles are engaged, you are most likely doing the pose correctly. I can tell when someone isn't engaging all of their muscles because they look something like this:
The back is drooping, the neck is straining, and the arms and legs are dangling. It's actually quite risky to go this route because you risk seriously pulling/straining a muscle. If you're still working on building up the core strength for full Boat Pose, try one of the modifications above to avoid risking any injuries.
Happy sailing! :)
I’m Anahita Reilly, a Type-A, native Northern Virginian, happiness lover. This blog evolved out of my longstanding desire to share this beautiful thing called yoga with others. Click here to read more...