Navasana (Boat Pose)
nava = boat
About the pose
Navasana is a seated balance posture which concentrates on building internal focus and strength. The point of balance is on the tripod between the sitting bones and tailbone. If the abdominal muscles are weak, the back will round. This needs to be avoided to prevent injury; in the case of weak abdominal muscles or a pre-existing back injury, the knees should be bent until proper abdominal strength has developed. For a detailed 3D image of the pose, go to http://www.bandhayoga.com/flyarounds.html and scroll down to ‘Navasana’.
Key muscle groups:
Strengthens the abdominal, hip flexor, spine and thigh muscles. Stretches the hamstrings if the legs are extended.
– Builds strength, balance, focus and coordination
– Aids digestion
– Improves function of thyroid, kidneys and prostate gland
Enjoy your practice!