Let’s talk about Paripurna Navasana aka Boat Pose, just a few quick tips for finding balance and connecting to your core strength.
In Sanskrit, “paripurna” means ‘full’, or ‘complete’, “nava” means boat, and “asana” means pose; Full Boat Pose.
This is one of those poses that can truly challenge people even those that have been doing yoga for some time.
Getting Into Full Boat Pose:
Sit on the floor with knees bent, feet flat, and legs together. Slide your hands a little behind your hips, and lean back slightly on your ‘sit bones’ without putting to much weight on your hands.
Draw the navel center in and up (uddiyana bandha) and lift your feet a bit off the floor.
Try putting your hands on your thighs and make sure your front body stays open and that your back does not round. Try to maintain length in the spine throughout this pose.
Draw your shoulder blades back to open your chest and broaden through the collar bones. Keep the knees at about a 90 angle, parallel to the floor.
If you’re stable and comfortable you can slowly begin to straighten your legs.
Now, try reaching your arms forward alongside your legs, palms facing down. If you are unable to raise your arms while in Paripurna Navasana, you can gently hold the back of your thighs.
Breathe steadily and hold for a few breaths.
Taaa Daaa Boat pose!
Have fun with this and let me know how you do~
Benefits of Full Boat Pose:
- Tones and strengthens your abdominal muscles
- Improves balance and digestion
- Stretches your hamstrings
- Strengthens your spine and hip flexors
- Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestine
If I look very serious here it’s because I set the camera on a timer and I set the timer for what felt like 20 minutes LOL