Yoga Fish Pose - Matsyasana

Yoga Fish Pose - Matsyasana
by Sonia Sharma | June 13, 2012

About Yoga Fish Pose

The yoga fish pose (matyasana) is a demanding backbend that may take some getting used. Beginners will have to undergo a lot of practice in order to master the yoga fish pose. The fish pose must always be performed after the shoulder stand pose, since it is a counter pose to the shoulder stand. The fish pose is great for your upper body as it releases tension from the neck and shoulders, and expands your rib cage and chest. Virasana and dhanurasana may be performed as preparatory poses for the fish pose to prevent the possibility of strained or injured muscles.

Step by Step Instructions

Find a peaceful spot with minimal distractions and follow the guidelines to perform the yoga fish pose.

  1. Position yourself on your mat by lying down. Keep your legs straight and position your feet together.
  2. Place your arms on your sides, palms down. Now slide them under your thighs.
  3. As you inhale, press your elbows firmly against the mat and arch your back. Allow your weight to rest on your elbows as you let your head fall backwards so that it touches the mat.
  4. Maintain the pose for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute while practicing deep breathing.
  5. Exit the pose by slowly lifting your head and bringing your upper body down to rest on the mat.

Health Benefits of Fish Pose

The yoga fish pose has numerous health benefits! Let’s find out all about them.

  1. Alleviates neck and shoulder stiffness.
  2. Improves lung capacity and enhances your breathing capacity.
  3. Stretches and strengthens the abdominal muscles, neck muscles and back muscles.
  4. Enhances the functioning of the abdominal and throat muscles.
  5. Calms the mind and provides stress relief to the body.

Things to Remember!

Individuals suffering from migraine, fluctuating blood pressure, insomnia and lower back or neck pain should refrain from performing the fish pose.

About the Author - Sonia Sharma

I am presently functioning as a Yoga instructor for Fitness republic where I can continue feeding my yoga passion everyday in a different format through my writing and make people able to develop their personality at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. And yes I am always open to feedback and suggestions.

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