In an alternative, more challenging variation of half boat pose, the legs remain straight, but the torso and the legs are both closer to the ground than in full boat pose, so the body forms a more open "V" shape. This variation is particularly effective for challenging core strength and stability.
Half boat pose offers the additional following benefits:
- Increases core stability
- Stimulates the liver, gall bladder and spleen
- Keeps the back strong and healthy
As a modification for half boat pose, the hands may hold the back of the thighs for additional support.