Matsyasana – fish pose

Coupled with the poised beauty created in this pose, Matsyasana is one of the simplest yet most graceful poses to perform.

How to do it:

Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent, feet on the floor. Inhale, lift your pelvis slightly off the floor, and slide your hands, palms down, below your buttocks. Then rest your buttocks on the backs of your hands (and don’t lift them off your hands as you perform this pose). Be sure to tuck your forearms and elbows up close to the sides of your torso.

Inhale and press your forearms and elbows firmly against the floor. Next press your scapulas into your back and, with an inhale, lift your upper torso and head away from the floor. Then release your head back onto the floor. Depending on how high you arch your back and lift your chest, either the back of your head or its crown will rest on the floor. There should be a minimal amount of weight on your head to avoid crunching your neck.

You can keep your knees bent or straighten your legs out onto the floor. If you do the latter, keep your thighs active, and press out through the heels.

Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, breathing smoothly. With an exhalation lower your head and torso to the floor. Hug your kness into your chest.

In addition to its grace and beauty, the pose of the fish offers many benefits including;

*A traditional text that Matsyasana is the “destroyer of all diseases.”
*Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas) and the muscles (intercostals) between the ribs
*Stretches and stimulates the muscles of the belly and front of the neck
*Strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck and improves posture
*Pressure and stretch on the neck also helps the thyroid glands including the pineal and adrenal glands. The nervous system, kidneys, stomach, intestines, the pelvic organs are strengthened and toned due to this asana. Asthma patient’s health will improve by this asana. It also helps in improving your posture. It is very useful for constipation, mild headache, fatigue and menstrual pain.

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