Low Boat Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Low Boat Pose Mean?

Low boat pose is an advanced variation of boat pose that builds core strength. A floor posture, the yogi begins in boat pose and lowers the upper body and legs towards the floor, keeping the head and shoulders off the floor and in a straight line.

Low boat pose is also known in Sanskrit as ardha navasana; although, that also refers to another asana called half boat pose in which the knees are bent.

Low Boat Pose


Yogapedia Explains Low Boat Pose

As a yogi gains strength, advanced variations can become a part of their practice. Low boat pose requires that the yogi have strength in the back, core and hip flexors while also remaining open across the front of the chest and keep the head and neck in one line.

In boat pose the yogi balances the body on the sit bones and then begins to lower the upper body and the legs to enter low boat pose. As the body becomes straight, the gaze, or drishti, is up toward the ceiling, and the front of the throat remains long and open. The arms extend down alongside the body, breath remains fluid and the core is constantly engaged.

To exit the posture, the yogi lifts the upper body and legs to return to the starting posture.

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