Fish Pose - Matsyasana

Difficulty6.4
Backbend7.8
Arm Strength5.6
Chest Opener8.4
Oxygen Intake Enhancer 9.4
Rejuvenation9.2
7.8

Fish Pose - Information

The complimentary counter pose to Sarvangasana. This pose stretches the thyroid fully with a beautifully arched spine following the compression of the throat and thyroid gland in shoulder stand.

This is a level one pose and a lovely heart and chest opener. Breathing deeply through the nose in this pose allows oxygen to reach the apex of the lungs. With regular practice the arch in the spine will deepen, the arms will strengthen and less weight will be on the crown of the head.

 

 

 

Matsyasana - Instructions Step by Step

Step 1

From Savasana - Corpse pose, bring the feet and legs together, arms by the side of the body, palms on the buttocks or thighs.

Step 2

Inhale, pressing into the elbows, sit up half way looking down towards the feet.

Step 3

Tilt the pelvis forward arching the lower back, inhale to expand the chest and fully arch the upper spine, exhale the crown of the head to the floor.

Benefits

Massage to the thyroid and parathyroids in the throat

Breathing deeply in the pose allows oxygen to reach the base of the lungs

Upper spinal nerves are nourished

Stretching of the intercostal muscles of the ribs

Builds strength and elasticity of the lungs

Excellent pose for asthma sufferers

Contraindications

Head, Neck, Shoulder and Back Injuries.

 

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