Fish Pose – Matsyasana
- I breathe in to heal my solar plexus
- I’m letting go the fear of happiness
- I walk the path of truth, healing and love
- My name is FREEDOM
Fish Pose Benefits
- It stimulates the work of the thyroid gland, thymus, pituitary gland, adrenal gland and pineal gland.
- It boosts and strengthens the immune system.
- It improves the blood supply to the cervical and spinal vertebrae, restores vitality to the joints.
- Lung capacity improves.
- Body posture improves.
- Circulation in the area of the hips, pelvis and reproductive organs improves.
- The muscles of the upper back are strengthened and the heart is massaged.
- It has a favourable effect on digestion.
- It solves breathing problems.
- It raises energy levels and reduces tension.
- It strengthens willpower and boosts self-confidence.
- Reduces back pain.
- It relieves the symptoms of painful periods
- People who have had injuries to the cervical vertebrae should not perform this asana.
- Avoid this pose if you have problems with high or low blood pressure and increased headaches, i.e. migraines.
The initial position is on your back, with an inhale lean on your elbows, lift your upper body by arching your back and opening your chest. The legs can be stretched or crossed (lotus position). Keep your elbows as close to your torso as possible, and gently tilt your head back, resting on the head.
You can rest your hands on your hips, stretch them next to your body or place them in the Namaskar position in front of your chest (palms joined). Breathe consciously and deeply in the position. You can close your eyes and “look” backwards. Hold the position for 30 seconds to one minute.
Fish Asana Variations
The chest is open, the head is thrown back and the head is on the floor. The legs can be bent and crossed (lotus position) while the upper body is in an active position; if it is difficult for you, stay in the position with your legs extended on the floor.
When you raise your hands with folded palms above your head and rest them on the floor, you enter a more advanced position that opens the chest more strongly and encourages the strengthening of the heart muscle.
Lift your arms and legs off the floor by leaning on the threads. Put your palms together, extend your arms and point your fingers forward. Extend your legs and activate your toes. The legs in this advanced position can be at an angle of 20, and the arms at an angle of 70 degrees.