Have you ever been telling your friend about a yoga class you took and been annoyed when their response was “I just don’t think yoga is a real workout”. Well so have we, and we 100% attribute it to people not fully understanding the small intricate movements that force them to work a lot harder in each pose.
Our pose breakdown series shows a visual of the big cues you should be focusing on, as well as highlighting the benefits and risks of the featured poses. Feel free to share with your skeptical friends to help them advance their own practices.
Navasana (Boat Pose) is one of those poses that always deserves some love. Whether you are a beginner yoga student or if you have a more advanced practice, you can always benefit from this pose. If Navasana is not performed correctly it can cause some issues for your lower back. So if you are just starting out, do not hesitate to modify your Navasana by bending your knees or leaning back on your elbows (to take the pressure out of your lower back).
One of the most important cues we like to emphasize is to extend the sternum away from your navel and to widen the collar bones. This is a pretty standard cue in most poses, but because of the difficulty of Navasana, it is often neglected.
Also, remember to breathe! In most core strengthening exercises we notice that people tend to hold their breath, but keeping a steady inhale and exhale helps with focus and in building heat.