Boat Pose or Navasana will test your core strength!
Of course, core strength is essential to many yoga postures, but postures like Boat Pose have an even greater need for good solid core strength! Boat Pose is another pose that looks simple enough, but once you try it for the first time, you may be pretty surprised by it's level of difficulty.
As an added benefit, Boat Pose is also a great deep hip flexor posture. The pose will help to develop strength in the hip flexors which attach to the front of the spine. Naturally, Navasana pose also helps with balance and focus, especially in what we call Full Boat Pose with the legs straight.
As mentioned above, Full Boat Pose would have extended straight legs. Half Boat Pose would be practiced with the knees bent and if needed you could also place the hands behind the knees to aid balance.
Remember to spread your shoulder blades across your back, try to refrain from rounding the back. Reach through your finger tips. Try keeping your arms parallel to the floor. Start the pose with your hands placed slightly behind your hips to help press and lift your feet from the ground and lean back slightly. Keep your knees bent if you're not ready to straighten them.
Boat Pose offers a variety of benefits, some of which are listed below. Enjoy the pose!