Nauka = Boat, Asana = Posture or Pose
This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes – that of a boat. Naukasana is prounced as NAUK-AAHS-uh-nuh.
How to do Naukasana (The Boat Pose)?
- Lie flat on the floor with hands on the sides. Let the palms face downwards.
- Start Inhaling and simultaneously raise the legs, arms and the upper body.
- The weight of the body will rest entirely on the buttocks. In the raised position, the toes should line up with the palms.
- Hold the breath and remain in this position for as long as you are comfortable.
- While returning to the original position exhale.
- Relax the entire body and remain inShavasanauntil you are ready to repeat the process. One may do this 2 to 5 times according to one’s capacity.
Benefits of Naukasana:
- Naukasana strengthens the abdominal muscles.
- It strengthens the muscles of the arms, thighs and shoulders.
- It improves the health of all organs in the abdomen especially the liver, pancreas and kidneys.
- It helps in regulating blood flow at sugar level.
- It toughens muscles of neck, shoulder and the legs.
- The stretching, compressing and relaxation of the abdominal region involved with Naukasana is a really good and effective way of burning belly fat if practiced on a regular basis.
- The stimulation while performing the pose helps improve and regulate your digestion, including alleviating excessive gas and easing constipation.
- Most importantly it acts as a distress tool, keeping your mind free and peaceful.
- Asthma and heart patients are advised not to practice Naukasana.
- If you have low blood pressure, severe headache and migraine, you must avoid this yoga pose.
- People suffering from chronic diseasesor spinal disorders are advised not to practice this yoga pose.
- Women should avoid it during pregnancy and also during the first two days of the menstrual cycle.
Contraindications of the Boat Pose (Naukasana)
- Do not practice this yoga pose if you have low blood pressure, severe headache, migraine, or if you have suffered from some chronic diseases or spinal disorders in the recent past.
- Asthma and heart patients are advised to avoid this pose.
- Women should avoid doing Boat pose (Naukasana) during pregnancy and during the first two days of the menstrual cycle.