Updated: Jul 4, 2020
Double boat pose is a fun and playful pose with great benefits! This partner version of the popular boat pose is good for building core strength, stretching your legs, and working with balance.
To do this pose:
Sit up tall facing your pose partner.
Bend your knees and touch your feet toe to toe.
Hold hands with your partner and press one of your feet to your partner’s foot on the same side. Slowly raise feet and legs on that side, trying to stay balanced, and then repeat on the second side.
Take a deep breath in and pull your belly in towards your spine to activate your core muscles and then slowly breathe out.
Try to hold the pose for a certain number of breaths. Three is a good start!
Experiment with straightening and bending while maintaining your shared balance.
Check in with your partner when you are ready to come out of the pose (and listen to them in case they are ready first). When you’re ready, slowly lower your legs back down and release hands.
Doing this pose with a little one (or much shorter person)?: The taller person can sit with legs wide and have the shorter person rest feet on their calves instead of matching feet to feet.
Having a hard time balancing?: Slow things down and breathe deeply. Experiment with different configurations and allow yourselves to lean forward and back as needed until you find a good balance point!
Written by: Natalia Stark