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Precautions Boat Pose

This Yoga posture resembles a boat viewed from a side, hence the name.

The Boat is a challenging yoga posture that can be quite stressful and difficult to accomplish. Because of that it can restrict the breathing or develop a habit of holding the breath. Learning to breathe deeply and fully in this posture will revitalize the body (by bringing in more oxygen per breath) and help to eliminate toxins and waste products from the body.

In the Boat posture it is important to balance the weight on the pelvic bowl. If you have limited hip flexibility because of the tight hamstrings, keeping the back straight will be a real challenge.

The Boat yoga posture has many benefits; however, there are some health conditions where this posture should not be practiced.

Three important reasons (out of many) not to do Boat:

1) During pregnancy avoid this yoga posture as it compresses the abdomen.

2) If you are suffering from headaches do not attempt this posture.

3) If you have upset stomach or diarrhea do not practice this yoga posture because of the compression of the abdomen.