If you're looking to test your core strength, Boat Pose is a great indicator. Don't be afraid to keep your knees bent in this core-toning posture; you'll be able to extend your legs out long with time. Also, don't bail if your body starts to shake, it just means your center is engaged and working!
- Once you've stepped back to Downward Facing Dog, gently lower your knees to the mat, and come to sit on your bottom. Bend your knees, and lift your feet off the floor, balancing on your tush.
- Keep the spine long, and straighten your legs as much as you can without rounding your back. If this is too hard, keep your knees bent — you're still working your core.
- Hold for five complete breaths.
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