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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 Deborah Freeman on April 26, 2010 at 12:45pm
Thanks for reminders to move into midline - it so helps the low and whole backside feel good while in this pose. yes...feeling looonger is gooood!
Comment by Kalina "Kitten" McCreery on April 21, 2010 at 7:44pm
I wonder how work would react if I did this by my cube in the middle of the day...
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 21, 2010 at 7:08pm
I love how you are including different parts of the body. This is all so new to me, but so exciting. Thank-you for the experience.
Comment by Deborah Sica on April 21, 2010 at 6:42pm
This is another pose I haven't done in while and it was a welcome experience. I love the sensation down my body during this pose.
Comment by Aracely Cueva on April 21, 2010 at 6:40pm
I feel a teeny bit taller every time I do this pose. And my chest feels opened and relaxed.
Comment by Ellen Budish on April 21, 2010 at 5:45pm
This is a brand new pose for me. I found it very difficult, but I guess you need to start out slow and work your way up!
Comment by Stephanie Skiba on April 21, 2010 at 1:21pm
Nicely done! This pose has been beneficial to me after reconstruction.
Comment by Trish Martin on April 21, 2010 at 11:33am
Some of us call this locust but I like the imagery of a boat gliding smoothly across the waves. My lower back and my heart
center say thanks.
Comment by Katheryn Harlan on April 21, 2010 at 10:56am
Love this pose, gives me a sense of accomplishment!
I agree w/ Susan, great for breast surgery patients, can be modified in so many ways until they are ready for the full expression!
Comment by Merrie on April 21, 2010 at 9:58am
My classes have called this pose "lotus" but no matter. Either way, or even three ways, the pose is. I like the reminder to pull hands to feet, really good streach for shoulders. Just two more days is sad.....

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