Definition - What does Ardha Matsyendrasana mean?
Ardha matsyendrasana, a seated twist pose, is the ninth of the 12 basic poses in Hatha yoga. The name for this asana is derived from the Sanskrit, ardha, meaning "half"; matsya, meaning "fish"; indra, meaning "king"; and asana, meaning "pose."
To enter the pose, the yogi begins in dandasana (staff pose). The left foot is bent so it rests on the outside of the right thigh. The right foot slides as close as possible to the left buttock. The right elbow is placed on the outer side of the left knee with the hand pointed upward, creating a twist in the body. This is repeated on the opposite side.
Ardha matsyendrasana is called half lord of the fishes pose in English.
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Ardha matsyendrasana has a wide range of health benefits. It stretches the spine and promotes spinal flexibility, tones the abdominal organs, improves digestion, and is very effective for easing back pain. This asana is recommended for menstrual disorders and urinary tract infections as well.
The psychological benefits of ardha matsyendrasana include calming the mind, strengthening the nervous system and alleviating stress.
Ardha matsyendrasana stimulates the manipura (solar plexus) chakra, which governs self-esteem, willpower, and self-discipline. Energizing this chakra promotes self-confidence and aids in exercising control over one's life. Practicing this asana also arouses kundalini power and promotes a positive outlook and harmony
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