Matsyasana Yoga

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Matsyasana Yoga

Definition

The Matsyasana is also known as the fish pose, is often considered to be one of the important postures of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga postures. This asana is often considered to be the counter asana of the Sarvangasana. This is a yoga position that can be done in a wide variety of forms like:

  • The leg can be kept straight on the ground with the toes pointed in the front.
  • In the second form, you can raise your legs a little over the ground, say about six inches. This helps to tone down your thigh muscles, hips and back muscles.
  • The hand can be placed on the head in the position of Anjali Mudra.

Steps

This is an asana that aims at your backbend. The practitioner lies down on his or her back and raises the level of the heart by rising up on the support of their elbows. The shoulders are drawn back and the neck is straightened and the crown of the head brushes the ground. The legs can be kept folded in the form of being seated in a yogic position. With practice, the bend of the back will become deeper and the back arc will become all the deeper and enhanced. However at the time of doing this asana one must be careful so that there are no hurried steps. This is something that can sprain your back and neck muscles. The beginners of this asana must be very comfortable with all the positions. Keep the arc small, to begin with. Once you feel you can hold the position for 15 to 20 seconds then you can clearly enhance the arc all the more by lifting your hearty level and dropping your shoulders. Be sure not to have any pressure on your head while the crown grazes the ground.

Benefits

The Matsyasana is a perfect asana that helps in the relaxation of your spinal cord. This is a yoga position that helps to soothe and also relaxes your neck and back muscles. Through this asana, you can also work your hips and thigh muscles which are getting stretched and are getting all the chance to open up.

This is an asana position that clearly improves your breathing pattern and also can work wonders for your back and neck aches. All that you need to do is to be very relaxed and gradual in all your movements. Please do not overstretch and yet again no hurried movements must be done.

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