Fish Pose – Matsayasana

Fish Pose can also be practiced after the Shoulderstand as a counter pose. It releases any blockage or tension after Shoulderstand. As a counter pose of Shoulderstand, the Fish Pose gives a backward stretch to the cervical and thoracic vertebrae. The chest is opened and deep breathing is stimulated and improved.

How to come into the pose

  1. Lie down on your back—legs and feet together.
  2. Place your hands under your hips, palms facing downward and elbows slightly outward.
  3. Breathing in, look toward your feet and bring your weight onto your elbows.
  4. Bring your elbows as close together as possible.
  5. Breathing in, open your chest and drop your head back so that the crown of your head rests on the floor.
  6. Taking deep breaths, expand your lungs and chest.

Coming out of the pose

Breathe in and lift your head to look at the feet. Breathe out and relax in Corpse Pose.

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Regular practice in a steady and comfortable manner within a balanced yoga asana program

  • stimulates the Heart Chakra and therefore stimulates the heart, lungs, thymus, and lymph glands, making it esteemed as highly beneficial for boosting the immune system;
  • stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands;
  • encourages deep abdominal and diaphragmatic breathing and stretches the intercostals, therefore strengthening the lungs and increasing their capacity, resulting in higher athletic performance and better coping with respiratory conditions such as asthma and spasms in the bronchial tubes;
  • relaxes the upper back and neck muscles;
  • strengthens and tones the arm and upper back muscles; and
  • reverses the compression caused by Shoulderstand, stretching the thoracic and lumbar regions of your spine in the opposite direction.