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Matsyasana Yoga Asanas Steps and Benefits

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In Matsyasana the yogi will assume the ‘Fish posture’. The Sanskrit term, ‘Matsya’, means a fish. Mentionably, when a person takes this position in water he/she will be able to float on the water without the aid of the hands or feet.

Matsyasana Asanas

Methodology of Matsyasana Yoga

  • Assume the Padmasana feet-lock position.
  • Your knees should be touching the ground.
  • Gradually lean back on your elbows.
  • Lie flat on your back.
  • During this position you can take the support of your elbows and hands.
  • The hands will have to be brought backwards towards the head.
  • Now place the palms flat on the ground.
  • Your hands need to be in the reverse direction with respect to and under the corresponding shoulders.
  • Press down your palms and knees.
  • Push your abdomen and chest forward.
  • Raise the hips, back and shoulders from the ground.
  • Your body will have to be supported on the hands.
  • Arch the spine.
  • At the same time, bend backwards your neck and head to the maximum level.
  • Your crown will have to be placed perpendicularly on the floor.
  • Bring forwards your hands.
  • Grasp the back portions of your thighs.
  • Your elbows should be used as the lever to lift your abdomen, and chest.
  • This will help in arching the spine and also keeping your crown in the proper position on the ground.
  • With the thumb, index and middle fingers form hooks to catch hold of and then to gently pull the opposite toes.
  • Remain comfortably in this position for at least 10 seconds.
  • You will have to breathe normally and rhythmically.
  • Slowly return to the starting Padmasana position.

Advantages of Matsyasana Yoga

  • The chest expands.
  • Your lungs will be able to augment their capacities to hold fresh oxygenated air.
  • The spinal column is toned up.
  • The spinal dorsal and cervical regions become more flexible as they also get expanded.
  • Spinal curvatures from incorrect habitual sitting positions are corrected.

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