Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

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How to do Fish Pose Matsyasana?

Yoga pose – Fish Pose Matsyasana, like many others, has a lot of variance.
We described the variety where the torso rests on the elbows in the text and a somewhat more advanced version with the arms folded on the chest in the photo. How to boost your energy and fight fatigue. Fish are always moving, with fish yoga pose, or Matsyasana in Sanskrit, while building confidence with stretching in the shoulders. If you perform the Fish yoga pose regularly, you will be able to float like a fish.


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Fish Pose Matsyasana

Step by step instruction

1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Inhale, lift your pelvis off the floor and underline your arms, with your palms on the floor, under your glutes. Lower the sciatic muscles on the backs and hold them that way during the exercise. The elbows should be as close to each other as possible, below the torso.

2.  Inhale and press your elbows and upper arms to the floor. Now squeeze your shoulder blades into your back and inhale, lift your chest and head off the floor and look at your toes. With an exhalation, he lowered his head back to the floor. Try to lower your head as far back as possible so that your subjects lie on the floor. Distribute the load on the head mainly on the elbows and partly on the threads.

3. Stretch your legs and keep your thighs active and stick your heels out and your toes towards you. Although in yoga one breathes almost exclusively through the nose, in this position we inhale through the nose but exhale through the mouth.

4.  Hold the position for 15-30 seconds (actually half the time spent in Sarvangasana), breathing calmly. With the exhale, raise your head and lower your torso and head back to the ground. Lift your thighs and tighten them on your stomach.

For Beginner

Don’t put too much tension on your neck when you first begin doing fish yoga postures.
If you’re experiencing neck (throat) ache, gently relax your chest or place a folded blanket or pillow under the nape of your neck.

Therapeutic benefits of Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Mild back pain
  • Weakness Anxiety
  • Menstrual pains


  • Traditional texts say that Matsyasana“destroys all diseases”
  • Stretches deep hip flexors (psoas) and intercostal muscles It stretches and stimulates the abdominal muscles and the front of the neck
  • Relieves the symptoms of painful menstruation Helps with asthma (open chest)
  • Stretches and stimulates the organs of the stomach and neck (thyroid and parathyroid glands)
  • It strengthens the muscles of the upper back and neck and improves posture

Contraindications, warnings and precautions:

  • High or low blood pressure
  • Migraine and insomnia
  • Serious injuries to the lower back and neck

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