Paripurna Navasana

Definition - What does Paripurna Navasana mean?

Paripurna navasana is a seated balancing posture which engages and strengthens the hip flexors, core and spine. The name comes from the Sanskrit, paripurna, meaning “full,” nava, meaning “boat,” and asana, meaning “pose."

In this asana, the body balances between the sit bones and the tail bone, with the spine extending straight. The feet are lifted off the ground with the thighs drawn in toward the torso and the knees straightened so that the toes come to above eye level and the body forms a "V" shape. The arms extend forward, parallel to the ground and each other.

Paripurna navasana may be commonly referred to in English as full boat pose.

Yogapedia explains Paripurna Navasana

In addition to its physical benefits, paripurna navasana is said to help relieve stress and cultivate inner strength. It also promotes balance and focus.

Traditionally, paripurna navasana, like navasana, is associated with the solar plexus (manipura) chakra. This chakra is associated with the symbolism and power of the sun, distributing energy to the whole body. Working with this chakra is said to help when one is lacking in confidence or feeling uncertain. It can cultivate the strength to overcome fear and also restore vitality. The core work of the posture is believed to stoke the yogi’s internal fire.

Different variations of paripurna navasana and ardha navasana may be sequenced together to further stimulate and strengthen the core.

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