Yoga For Weight Loss: Doing The Boat Pose
In yoga, the boat pose is one of the more popular poses for building core strength. This yoga pose will tone your abdominal muscles and strengthen the muscles of your lower back. There are two types of boat poses: one is the half boat pose and the other is the full boat pose.
Another benefit of the boat pose is that it strengthens your hips, abdomen, and spine. It also stimulates your kidneys and your intestines, which helps to improve digestion. The boat pose also regulates the thyroid glands and the prostate glands, which help to regulate your metabolism and help to relieve your stress. Improved digestion and an increased metabolic rate are key factors in weight loss.
This pose can be strenuous for beginning yoga practitioners, because it requires complete concentration and quite a bit of physical stamina. Practicing this pose on a regular basis may help you to stay focused and calm. It is not recommended that you do this pose if you currently have headaches, diarrhea, or low blood pressure. Also, if you are suffering from heart conditions or asthma, you should do the half boat pose instead of the full pose. If you are pregnant or menstruating, it is recommended that you do not do this pose.
To begin this pose, sit on the floor, bend your knees, and put your feet flat on the floor. It is important to inhale and exhale smoothly and evenly. With your spine straight, tilt backward a bit and raise your feet from the ground so that your shins run parallel to the floor. Bring in the lower part of your back, raise your chest, and stretch the front part of your body. Reach your arms forward, and be sure that they line up with your shoulders and that your hands are facing each other.
Your legs should be straight up at an angle of 45° from the ground. At this point, your body should be in a V shape. While looking at your feet, move your shoulders forward and stretch out your hands in front of you. Stay in this pose for about five seconds, and gradually increase that time to one minute.
Some things to keep in mind when doing this exercise are to keep your back straight and to balance yourself in the V position without any assistance from your hands. Perfecting this pose requires practice and dedication.