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Matsyasana – Fish Pose

Matsyasana, or fish pose, is an intermediate level position that aims to stretch your throat, navel, psoas major muscles, the front of your neck and intercostal muscles.

 

The health benefits associated with the matsyasana pose aims to stretch and relieve tension in the neck, chest and shoulders. Furthermore, through including deep breathing (pranayama) with the pose, it can accelerate the healing process of respiratory diseases such as COPD, asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Even your endocrine glands get a gentle toning massage and boost to their function – particularly the parathyroids, pituitaries and pineal glands.

 

However, if you have recently suffered from any migraines, neck or lower back injury or suffer with high or low blood pressure then you should always consult a doctor before attempting the position. If possible, always arrange to learn this position under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

 

Instructions for Matsyasana
  • Initially situate yourself in the supine position with straightened hands and feet kept close to the side of your body.
  • Keep palms facing down as you position them underneath the hips bringing the elbows closer together
  • Take a deep breath in and begin to elevate the head and chest whilst also arching the back
  • Retain elevation of the chest whilst tilting the head backward until the crown meets the floor
  • Whilst in this position, firmly press the elbows into the ground and transmit your weight into them. Elevate your chest up from between your scapula (shoulder blades) and press your legs and thighs into the floor
  • Whilst holding this pose, continue to inhale and exhale (for as long as you desire)
  • To dismount from the position begin by lifting up the head whilst lowering the chest and head to the floor. Finish by returning the hands back along the sides of the body

 

Required Preparatory Poses 

 

Follow-Up Poses Include:

 

Synonyms of Matsyasana: None
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