Matsyasana – The Fish Pose
What is Matsyasana Pose?
The name comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Matsya’ meaning ‘Fish’ and ‘asana’ meaning ‘Posture’.
Matsyasana Pose Steps
1. Lie on your back.
2. Place your hands under the hips, palms facing downwards. Bring the elbows closer towards each other.
3. Breathing in lift the chest and head up.
4. Lower the head backward and touch the floor with your top of your head.
5. Press the elbows firmly to the floor, placing the weight on the elbows and not on the head. Lift your chest up. Place the thighs and the legs to the floor.
6. Hold the pose for 30 to 45 seconds with long deep breaths inhaled and exhaled.
7. Now lift the head up, lowering the chest and head to the floor. Bring the hands besides the body. Now relax.
Matsyasana Pose Benefits
1. It stretches the chest and the neck.
2. It helps in relieving tension in the neck and shoulders.
3. It provides relief from respiratory disorders by encouraging deep breathing.
4. It tones the parathyroid, pituitary and pineal glands.
Matsyasana Dos and Don’ts
Avoid this posture if you have low or high blood pressure. Don’t do this pose if you suffer from insomnia or migraine. If you suffer from serious neck or lower back injuries then you are recommended not to do this pose.