Nauka Sanchalanasana

Definition - What does Nauka Sanchalanasana mean?

Nauka sanchalanasana is a beginner seated flowing asana that prepares the body for yoga practice and more challenging poses. The name comes from the Sanskrit, nauka, meaning “boat”; sanchalana, meaning “controling” or “rowing”; and asana, which means “pose” or “posture.”

It is so-named because it resembles the motion of rowing a boat. From dandasana, the hands are clenched as if holding oars. On an exhalation, the upper body folds forward and the arms extend, then on an inhalation, the upper body lifts and the arms retract toward the shoulders, as if pulling oars.

In English, it is called rowing the boat pose or rowing the boat flow.

Nauka Sanchalanasana

Yogapedia explains Nauka Sanchalanasana

Nauka sanchalanasana is believed to open three of the body's chakras, or centers of concentrated energy:

  • Vishuddha (throat) chakra, associated with authentic expression and higher communication
  • Svadisthana (sacral) chakra, associated with creativity and sexuality
  • Muladhara (root) chakra, associated with grounding and a sense of security

In addition to a wide range of physical benefits, this pose is also believed to balance and relax the mind, boost concentration, and promote higher awareness and consciousness.

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