Ardha Matsyendrasana | Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

This asana takes it’s Sanskrit name from the great sage Matsyendra, one of the rst teachers of Hatha Yoga. Traditional texts say that Ardha Matsyendrasana increases appetite, destroys most deadly diseases, and awakens kundalini. After backward and foreward bending the half spinal twist gives a lateral stretch to all the vertebraes, back muscles and hips.

Alignments:

Press the inner right foot very actively into the floor, release the right groin, and lengthen the front torso. Lean the upper torso back slightly, against the shoulder blades, and continue to lengthen the tailbone into the floor. With every inhalation lift a little more through the sternum, pushing the fingers against the floor to help. Twist a little more with every exhalation.

Key benefits:
> Stimulates the liver and kidneys
> Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck
> Energizes the spine
> Stimulates the digestive fire in the belly
> Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache
> Therapeutic for asthma and infertility

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Duration/practise:

Preparing pose: Hold 30 sec – 1 min (beginners)
Modification: Hold 30 sec – 1 min (intermed/advanced)
Full position: Hold 30 sec – 1 min (intermed/advanced)

Cautions:

Back or spine injury: Use caution and perform this pose only with the supervision of an experienced teacher. Do not attempt full pose or use corrections to get into the pose.

When teaching this pose some extra demonstrations and explanation is often required initially. Keep track so that all students of the class are following and facing the same direction.

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