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Boat Pose

Boat is one of the most effective yoga poses to tone up and build a strong core. Follow the steps below, but be sure to avoid these common mistakes.

  • Begin sitting on your mat. Lift your knees up to your chest, balancing on your sit bones.
  • Keep your spine long, pulling your knees into your chest with your chest lifted.
  • With your shins parallel to the ground (as shown), draw your navel toward your spine, and work on slowly straightening your legs upward. If your back starts to hunch, then bring your shins back down. The action of keeping your spine long and drawing your belly in is what works your abs here.
  • Hold for five complete breaths. Rest, and repeat three times.

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