8
Apr
2015
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Navasana

Finding stability in Navasana (otherwise known as Boat Pose) requires many simultaneous actions and (if we must be honest), a considerable amount of effort. Once attained however, it will align your body, calm your mind, and provide countless other mental and physical benefits that may come as a surprise.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS
- Strengthens and tones abdominal/core muscles
- Strengthens spine, back and hip flexors
- Tones arm and leg muscles
- Improves digestion
- Improves balance and coordination
- Stimulates intestines, kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands

MENTAL BENEFITS:
- Improves confidence
- Relieves stress
- Develops focus and concentration

THERAPEUTIC USES:
- Hernia

AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:
- Low blood pressure
- Severe headache or migraine
- Spinal disorders
- Asthma
- Heart condition
- Avoid this pose during pregnacy
- Don’t do this pose during the first 2 days of menstrual cycle

HELPFUL TIPS:
At first you may find it challenging to straighten the legs, so a good alternative is to keep the knees bent at a 90 degree angle, so that your calves/shins are parallel to the floor. Many people also have a tendency to curve the back or hunch the shoulders inwards; this will put strain on your lower back. Your back/spine should be kept straight, shoulders should be pulled back, and the gaze/chin are pointed slightly upwards.

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS POSE GO TO:
http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/full-boat-pose/