In Hindu mythology, Manu survives the
great flood by seeking refuge on an ark, which Matsya guides to
safety. Some versions have Matsya saving the Seven Sages who
accompanied Manu on the ark. In other versions of the tale, the Vedas are hidden by a demon and Matsya kills the demon to recover the sacred texts and rescue Manu and the sages.
Matsyasana is so-called because the
body is resembles the shape of a fish. The posture is believed to
connect the yogi to the balance of water and earth, with the chest
representing a wave and the body grounded to the earth. The asana is
part of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga and is commonly performed
in Hatha yoga as well.
Traditionally, matsyasana is associated with activating the
visuddha (throat) chakra, which is associated with wisdom