Fish Pose - Matsyasana

This pose is known as "the destroyer" of all disease. It resembles the fish. Because of it's ability to float in the water, this posture releases inhibitions of the lungs, allowing them a greater capacity to fill up with air. Therefore this pose is excellent for the respiratory system.

fish pose

Benefits of Fish Pose

The fish is a great stretch for the upper body, as it opens the lungs, heart, back and abdomen. It provides extra oxygen into the lungs. Deep breathing in the pose is encouraged to enhance the pose as it provides extra oxygen into the lungs. It also stretches the bronchial tubes, which is great for people with asthma, as it promotes easier breathing.

Fish Pose normalizes the function of the thyroid, pituitary, pineal and adrenal glands. This helps control hormonal function in the body; therefore leading to have improved skin conditions. As you lean your head back, it tones the muscles in your face and throat, giving your face and throat a great stretch. This does wonders to firm and smooth your skin.

As it stimulates the thyroid gland, it helps to speed up the metabolism. Being metabolically active, will increase the amount of body fat used for energy. It's a great pose for those wanting to burn fat and shed those pounds.

This pose stretches the neck, tones the nervous system, kidneys, stomach and intestines. It's also great for improving your posture. It stretches the muscles and ligaments of the spine, increasing spine flexibility taking pressure of the nerves. It also removes stiffness from the neck and shoulders.

The fish should be practiced after Plough Pose and Shoulder Stand, as a counter balance pose.

This pose is to be greatly enjoyed as it releases tension and promotes relaxation within the whole body.

Steps for Fish Pose

  1. Lie on your back with your legs in lotus position (or cross legged).
  2. Arch your back as much as you can while raising your head off the ground while pushing into your elbows.
  3. Rest the crown of your head on the floor.
  4. Use your forearms and elbows to support you.
  5. Expand your chest, breathe deeply into your abdomen.
  6. To come out of the pose, push into your elbows, lift your head off the mat, and come into a lying down position.

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