Steps and Benefits of the Navasana Yoga Pose
November 27, 2019
Our daily lives revolve around a tight balancing act of life and work but we sometimes take for granted our own health and well-being. As a result, we end up getting stressed, burned out and depressed as all the negativity pile up on us. With that in mind, we think about ways to de-stress and work out to strengthen our body, mind, and spirit. But how? Practice the Navasana yoga pose by mastering the steps and learning more about its benefits.
Doing It Step-By-Step
Navasana is the yoga pose where you mimic the shape of the boat. Actually, you are forming a triangular shape that balances your body with the weight of your legs and back supported by your tailbone with hands holding your thighs. Here’s how you do it:
- Before you start your yoga practice, find a good area where you can do it without any distractions from all around you.
- Lie down flat on your yoga mat with your feet together and arms on the sides.
- Keep your arms straight with your fingers outstretched towards your toes.
- When you start your breathing, lift your chest and feet off the mat once you exhale while stretching your arms towards your feet. Once you do that, you will start feeling the tension as your abdominal muscles in your stomach contract.
- The weight of your body and legs will concentrate on your buttocks. Don’t forget to keep your fingers and toes in line with your eye contact. Remain in that position for about 10-30 seconds or more while you’re holding your breath.
- Slowly but surely exhale as you bring your body back to its starting position and relax. You can do three or four repetitions daily. Don’t overdo it.
Proceed with Caution
If you ask a yoga teacher in Dallas or anywhere else, they would definitely prevent someone from doing the Navasana yoga pose if they have neck injuries, stomach issues, breathing difficulties, or cardiovascular diseases. Pregnant women are also discouraged as a health precaution.
So why should you incorporate perform Navasana (boat) pose in your daily yoga exercises?
- Build your abdominal strength and reduces back pain
Navasana builds incredible core strength. Such strength helps us feel more supported in all of our daily activities. Done properly, it also can reduce back pain and leave you with much better posture and balance. If you are experiencing back pain, practice with knees bent and support yourself with fingertips on the ground until you are a bit stronger. Keeping the back straight is very important.
- Focuses your mind
Practicing challenging poses, such as Navasana, you can’t think about anything else other than the task at hand. When you close yourself off from all your daily worries and distractions, you’ll find a more focused, yet relaxed, mind. With consistent practice, you will be able to think and communicate more clearly.
- Aids with Digestion
Navasana helps stimulate the digestive system and helps build the digestive fire. In Ayurveda, keeping the digestive fire strong is key in nutrient absorption, assimilation and in keeping everything moving in a healthy way. Try adding Kaplabhati breathing (breath of life) with this to feel an extra boost and build heat.