Regular practice of matsyendrasana is thought to help postpone the signs of aging. The pose also increases spinal flexibility, promotes spinal health, tones the abdominal organs, improves digestion, reduces belly fat, supports the function of adrenal glands, and aids in detoxification.
The mental health benefits of matsyendrasana include:
- Creates inner awareness
- Promotes sense of calm
- Strengthens the nervous system and relieves stress
- Shields the mind from anger, fear and desire
- Promotes a sense of acceptance
Practicing matsyendrasana stimulates the manipura (solar plexus) chakra, which radiates vital prana. This chakra is associated with willpower, self-esteem and confidence.
Beginners may want to practice a variation of this pose, called ardha matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose), before moving on to this posture.