Move of the Month: Navasana or Boat Pose

Making a “V” with your body will surely feel victorious when you conquer this move.

Strengthen your core and work your abs, spine, arms and legs while doing this yoga-inspired position. This move will be challenging at first, but the more you work at it, the less difficult it will become.

1. Begin by sitting on the ground with your knees bent and soles of your feet on the ground. Gently grip the backs of your knees with your palms. Tune in to your breath and keep it long and slow. Straighten your spine, pull your shoulders back, and lean back so that you create a “V” with your body.

2. Rock your weight back and find balance on your sitting bones. Your feet will lift off the mat.

3. Press your inner thighs together, and bring your shins parallel to the ground. Release your hands and lengthen your arms so that they are outside of your legs, parallel to the ground.

4. Lift through your sternum and straighten your legs. Engage your lower belly and activate your thighs. Start by staying in the pose for 15 to 20 seconds. Gradually increase the time to 1 minute.

Meet the Instructor
Vy Brooks was drawn to yoga after she took her first class seven years ago in San Diego. At fi rst she loved her practice solely for its physical benefits, but Vy soon discovered that she could apply her practice to all aspects of life. This California girl turned Chicagoan found warmth in CorePower Yoga. Her classes are heated Vinyasa style yoga, where creative sequencing and beautiful music make it a wonderful experience for all. Visit for more information.