There are a range of variations of the classic navasana, including:
- Ardha navasana - Half boat pose with the knees bent
- Paripurna navasana - Full boat pose with the arms extended parallel to the ground
- Eka pada navasana - One-legged boat pose with one leg bent and one leg extended out straight from the body
Traditionally, navasana is thought to stimulate the internal organs of the body. The full posture works the kidneys, thyroid gland, prostate gland and intestines. Due to the focus on the abdominal area in this posture, it is also believed to stimulate and balance the manipura chakra, which is the energetic center for self-esteem and personal power in yoga.
Navasana forms part of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga and is popular in a range of styles of yoga because of its physical and mental benefits.