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10 Yoga Poses That Improve Core Strength (And Tone Abs!)


Updated June 06, 2014

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10. Boat Pose - Navasana
Boat Pose - Navasana

Boat Pose - Navasana

© Barry Stone
1. Come to sit on your mat.

2. Bring the legs straight up to a 45 degree angle, coming into Boat Pose. The torso will naturally fall back, but do not let the spine collapse.

3. Make a "V" shape with the body.

4. Bring the arms out straight in line with the shoulders.

Beginners' Variation: Bend your knees, bringing your shins parallel to the floor. This is called Half Boat. If this is tough to maintain, you can hold on to the backs of your thighs.

Challenge Variation: Once you have established the pose, release the legs and torso simultaneously down towards the floor and hover there. Come back up into the pose like a sit-up. Do this as many times as you can.

Come to lie on the back for a well-deserved rest!

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