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Matsyasana

Matsyasanacomes from the Sanskrit words matsya means fish and asana means posture.Matsyasana is a cultural asana mimicing a fish floating in water, and strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck.It is a counterpose for shoulder stand and must be done after that.The Asana does wonders for your respiratory systems; when you assume this position, your chest is stretched open and your bronchial tubes are widened to promote easier breathing.

How To Do

  • Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent, feet on the floor. Inhale, lift your pelvis slightly off the floor, and slide your hands, palms down, below your buttocks
  • Inhale and press your forearms and elbows firmly against the floor. Next press your scapulas into your back and, with an inhale, lift your upper torso and head away from the floor. Then release your head back onto the floor.
  • You can keep your knees bent or straighten your legs out onto the floor.
  • Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, breathing smoothly. With an exhalation lower your torso and head to the floor. Draw your thighs up into your belly and squeeze

Benefits of Matsyasana

  • Stretches and stimulates the organs of the belly and throat
  • Strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck
  • Improves posture
  • A traditional text that Matsyasana is the “destroyer of all diseases.”
  • Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas) and the muscles (intercostals) between the ribs
  • Stretches and stimulates the muscles of the belly and front of the neck

Body Focus

  • Belly
  • Chest
  • Spine
  • Shoulders
  • Neck

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