Matsyasana | Fish Pose

 In Asana Pose Feature

Matsyasana | Fish Pose

(mot-see-AHS-anna)

  • matsya = fish

Benefits

  • 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
  • Stretches and stimulates the organs of the belly and throat
  • Strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck
  • Improves posture

Modifications and Props

  • Perform the pose with your back supported on a thickly rolled blanket. Be sure your head rests comfortably on the floor and your throat is soft.

Preparatory Poses

  • Sarvangasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Salabhasana
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  • Supta Virasana
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • Virasana

Contraindications and Cautions

  • High or low blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Serious lower-back or neck injury
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