Boat Pose is a great way to fire up the abs and activate the sacral chakra. Like its water element, this pose can bring up deep emotions. It is also great for detoxing.
Anatomy of the Pose: Come to Dandasana, or Staff Pose. Lift the feet off the floor, bringing the knees towards the chest, and rock back so you’re balancing on the sits bones. Place hands under the knees to help find balance. Stay here, or take the hands out from under the knees, arms are still straight with palms up. As if you had an oar in each hand, begin motioning as though you’re rowing a boat. Straighten legs on the forward motion and bend the knees as you row back. Do this while singing:
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream
Chakras Most Affected: Svadhistana, our second chakra, located in the sacrum is activated and balanced in this pose. The energy here brings light to our relationships and aids in emotional cleansing.
Benefits for Children: Not only is this pose fun and they get to sing a silly song, but this pose can help children to positively deal with emotions that feel overwhelming. It also gives us a new perspective on balance, as this is not a common position we find ourselves in.