The name of this yoga pose comes from the Sanskrit language in which matsya means fish and asana means posture or seat. So this pose is also called fish pose.
|Matsyasana (Fish Pose) Yoga Steps and Benefits|
Matsyasana (Fish Pose) Yoga Steps
- Lie on your back. Your feet are together and hands relaxed alongside the body.
- Place the hands underneath the hips, palms facing down. Bring the elbows closer toward each other.
- Breathing in, lift the head and chest up.
- Keeping the chest elevated, lower the head backward and touch the top of the head to the floor.
- With the head lightly touching the floor, press the elbows firmly into the ground, placing the weight on the elbow and not on the head. Lift your chest up from in-between the shoulder blades. Press the thighs and legs to the floor.
- Hold the pose for as long as you comfortably can, taking gentle long breaths in and out. Relax in the posture with every exhalation.
- Now lift the head up, lowering the chest and head to the floor. Bring the hands back along the sides of the body. Relax.
Matsyasana (Fish Pose) Yoga Benefits
- Helps relieve tension in the neck and shoulders.
- Provides relief from respiratory disorders by encouraging deep breathing.
- Tones the parathyroid, pituitary and pineal glands.
- Stretches the chest and neck.