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Today we're doing Boat Pose, a more challenging posture that creates a sense of vigor and warmth. You will quickly recognize that Boat Pose works your abdomen muscles and so much more. Katie describes this bold posture:

My mother experienced times of great stress when she was struggling to achieve more than her body or spirit could handle. Trying to handle too much care for an aging mother, or working a job that only valued output versus quality of life, or swallowing anger at inconsiderate treatment and selfish behavior within her beloved congregation.

The boat that can glide atop the waves of a storm can make it through, while a boat that crashes through the waves will have a much tougher ride. Don't push your body to rise higher because you want to hit a certain level of the pose, or go as high as your neighbor. Use your breath to balloon the spirit in your body and be amazed at just how light and high you can feel. Ride the waves of your breath as you rock your body gently, and safely, in this pose.

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Comment by Halle T on April 21, 2010 at 9:49am
Love how this pose feels on the lower back, and through the spine. It's a great followup to cobra. Two more days!
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 21, 2010 at 8:32am
Excellent lower back strengthener, and I try to be extra careful with my delicate lower back.
Comment by Ann Fonfa on April 21, 2010 at 7:32am
Said to be a water nymph.
Comment by Ann Fonfa on April 21, 2010 at 7:32am
There is a fabulous sculpture piece in between terminals A and T at the Atlanta, GA airport that mimics this pose. It was created in Zimbabwe.
Comment by Karin Tang on April 21, 2010 at 6:51am
A good follow up to Spinx and Low Cobra..this is also not an easy pose for me due to my tight back but using the breath helps to lift me higher.
Comment by Susan Holbrook on April 21, 2010 at 6:23am
Great pose for Mastectomy and or reconstruction patients. Exactly what is needed, front chest stretched and opened, back muscles strengthened! Arms engaged without stressing pectorals. Thank you, Susan
Comment by jes on April 21, 2010 at 5:41am
Excellent demonstration. Movements were clearly visible.
Comment by Lea Reinbolt Cornell on April 21, 2010 at 5:16am
Well done, especially like the hand and arm extension down the back encouraging the chest to rise and open.
Comment by lorraine on April 21, 2010 at 5:06am
At first I questioned this as I thought it was locust. Indeed there is room for a prone boat. Different boats for different folks!
Comment by Jim on April 21, 2010 at 5:04am
much different than the boat that is done in ashtanga, but still nice

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