Who else is daydreaming about the pending summer months? These past few mild, sunny days certainly intensified my own desire to swim, hike, and flit about in clothing that actually weighs in at under 30 pounds…darn winter coats.
For all of you Terps jonesing for the fun and freedom that summer mostly brings us, let’s take Boat Pose, a position that promises killer abs worthy of some serious external validation. Sure, the most important acceptance we seek should come from within ourselves, as yogic philosophy elucidates. But as college kids under a unique combination of academic, personal, and professional pressures, I think it’s quite alright to get off on the approval of others from time to time. Flatter stomachs do the trick.
So check it out. To take Boat Pose, sit on the floor and lengthen your legs in front of you. Then, raise both legs so your body forms a V shape. Extend your arms out and parallel to the floor, reaching for your calves-but don’t grab or hold onto them.
From Yoga Journal:
Almost every type of yoga incorporates ab work, and boat pose strengthens our core in a way that supports the whole body. Standard crunches or sit-ups focus solely on one section of our abdominals, and involve specific alignments to which we must adhere (and most of us don’t) in order to avoid injury. Boat Pose conditions our entire core and involves few steps, rendering it an effective ab workout and completely safe for everyone.
Take this pose 3 times, holding for 15-30 seconds. Work up to 1 minute at a time. If holding Boat for this long bores you, try lowering your legs a few times to really target the lower abs. Lower, lift, and/or twist your torso to zero in on those obliques.
No matter what variations we choose to take in Boat, this yoga pose works our core like no other ab routine. It certainly prepares us for the upcoming warmer months when we can finally peel off our encumbering layers of winter clothes and hop into light and freeing summer garb.