Matsyasana – Fish Pose

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Matsya  “fish”. Matsyasana – Fish Pose  is the counter pose to Sarvangasana and should be practiced after finishing it. The spine arches and the head leans back to adopt a streamlined shape.

Technique

  1. Begin by lying down in Savasana, with your arms next to the trunk.
  2. Place your palms on the ground. Move your toes away from your body. Press with your elbows, exhale to lift your chest and tilt your head back. Arch the spine and compress the nape to allow the crown to rest on the ground.
  3. Take a deep breath and hold for 20-30 seconds. Breathe in to return to Savasana .

Benefits

  • A traditional text on Matsyasana says that it is the “destroyer of all diseases.”
  • Stretches and stimulates the muscles of the belly and front of the neck
  • Stretches and stimulates the stomach and throat organs
  • Releases neck and shoulder tendon
  • Improve posture

Contraindications

  • High or low blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Lumbar or neck injury

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