Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practicing and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practitioner.
This pose is frequently found linking poses during a vinyasa or Sun Salutation series and features in the Ashtanga Primary Seres.
This pose strengthens the lower back, abdominals and hip flexors. It can also aid with digestion and help to reduce stress.
Care should be taken around contraindications such as low blood pressure, menstruation, pregnancy, headache or insomnia. If you suffer from neck injury ask your teacher for modifications such as using a wall to reduce the pressure on your neck.
Nava means boat. Asana is literally translated as ‘seat’ but is general understood as ‘pose/posture’.