Matsyasana – Fish Pose
Matsyasana fills the air in your lungs and lets you float like fish by doing plavini pranayama. It is highly recommended to perform this asana immediately after sarvangasana to create a balance in the body.
Fish pose can be done either in padmasana or without padmasana.
Sit in padmasana, lie flat on the back with the help of your elbows. Fold your elbows and bring your palms underneath the hips and the buttock area for lumbar support. Rest your body in this pose comfortably. Now raise your trunk and head by pressing the palms and elbows, press your head on the ground in such a way that upper portion of the head (crown) touches the floor and trunk is making an arch or shape of bridge from the buttock. In this position your body weight is resting on head and the hip.
Remember, lower part of the body is still in padmasana which will give it a fish like look. Once pose is formed, release the palms from underneath and try to hold the toes of both the legs from opposite hands i.e. left from right hand, and right from left hand. If you want, you can keep both the hands on the thighs. Expand the chest as much as possible to fill maximum air in the lungs.
This is the final pose; maintain it as long as you feel comfortable. To return into the initial pose bring back palms again underneath, slowly slide your head and back straight on the ground, lie down comfortably, unfold the legs and stretch them out straight and relax.
You can do the same pose without being in the padmasana with legs outstretched.
- It gives massage to the neck and the shoulders, and removes stiffness.
- It cures constipation, asthma, and the evil effects of masturbation.
- Good to stimulate the glands in the brain, and feel rejuvenated.
- Should not be practiced by someone with neck injuries.