Matsyasana, Matsy Asana or Fish Pose is a well-known yoga pose. In Sanskrit, Matsya means the fish. This posture resembles the shapes of a fish. Moreover, a person can swim in water for hours while in this posture. Therefore also, this posture is called the Fish Posture. Actually, this Fish Posture is complementary of the Plough Posture. As such, this posture should be practiced after the Plough Posture. With its practice, the muscles and nerves of the neck become strong and receive flexibility due to the pressure exerted on them.
How to do Matsya Asana
- In the Fish Posture, one has to sit in Padma Asana. Sit with your legs stretched in front of you. Both hands will touch the ground near the waist. This post is also known as Dandasana in Yoga.
- Place the right foot on the left foreleg and the foot on the right foreleg. This is the position of Padma Asana.
- Taking the assistance of both the hands, lie down on your back. Tilt the head and the neck as backwards as possible. Raising your back and chest, let your head rest on the ground.
- Hold your toes with your hands. Take care, however not to disrupt the position of Padma Asana.
- To come out of this position, let your waist and neck rest on the ground, then’ straighten your legs and form the Corpse Posture.
Some difficulty is experienced initially while forming this posture. Therefore, help of a thin pillow may be taken. Put this pillow behind your back and then let your head touch the ground. After some practice, this posture can be formed even without the help of the pillow.
In me beginning, after touching the ground with your head, wait for 10 to 12 seconds only. However, this period can slowly be increased to 2 to 3 minutes.
Matsya Asana Benefits
This Posture is a complementary posture of the Plough Posture (Hala Asana) and the Shoulder stand Posture (Sheersh Asana). The benefits, which are obtained from the latter posture, are also obtained from the Fish Posture. To obtain fullest benefits of the Shoulder stand Posture, one should practice the Fish Posture for one-third of the time. This enables the air ways to open, thereby benefiting the asthmatic patients. This posture is also beneficial for the glands of the neck, like tonsils; vocal cords and airways.