Boat pose is a tricky core stabiliser that strengthens the abs, obliques, lower back, hip flexors, adductors, upper back and neck. It’s also great for improving your balance and can help to alleviate lower back pain.
BOAT POSE BENEFITS
- Stabilises the deep core muscles—the transversus abdominis, lower abs, obliques and lower back.
- Strengthens the hip flexors, quads, adductors, upper back and neck.
- Improves balance.
- Can help to alleviate lower back pain.
Sit with your knees bent and your feet together, flat on the mat. Hold onto the backs of your thighs and lean back slightly.
Inhale, lift your chest, pick up your feet and balance on your sitting bones. Exhale, relax into the pose. Bring your toes up to eye-line, let go of the backs of your legs, draw your shoulder blades towards each other and turn your palms up to the sky in Boat pose.
Engage your abs and lift your chest to keep your lower back from rounding.
Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths, in and out through your nose.
DYNAMIC VARIATION: High To Low Boat Pose
- To increase the intensity of the pose, place your fingertips a few inches behind you on the mat. Inhale, lengthen into Low Boat. Exhale, lift back up. Repeat 3-5 times.
- Avoid Boat pose if you have a neck, hip or lower back injury.