Yoga is a phenomenal way to strengthen the muscles throughout the body. Strengthening your muscles is important for a variety of reasons. The core, especially, is essential to keep strong. Keeping the core strong can actually help to decrease pain in the back. This helps to take the pressure out of the back, offering more support.
In addition, when you strengthen the muscles of the thighs, you are also taking pressure out of the back of the body and the hamstrings, decreasing tension. Having a strong core and thighs also helps with balance and stability, making it less likely that a person will fall over and get hurt.
A great pose for increasing core and thigh strength is boat pose. This pose has you sitting on the mat with your legs up in font of you (either bent or straightened) and the hands reaching towards the feet. The core is fully engaged here, and the thigh muscles stay strong in order to keep yourself up and in place. You can even use a block between the thighs to really get them working.
The great part about this pose is that it is very doable for anybody of all levels of experience. If you are a beginner, we recommend trying out this pose to strengthen your core and thighs. Make sure not to round the back in order to promote proper posture.