Full boat pose primarily works on core stability and strengthening. Additional benefits of full boat pose include:
- Improves digestion
- Stimulates the glandular system, especially the thyroid and prostrate glands
- Strengthens the hip flexors and spine
- Increases muscle endurance
This posture should be attempted with caution by those with asthma, low blood pressure, headaches, heart problems or insomnia. It can be modified for those with neck injuries by sitting with the back to the wall so the head is supported.
A modification to this pose is to keep the knees bent and place the toes and/or hands on the floor. A strap may also be looped around the feet to help lift them up.