Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Definition - What does Half Lord of the Fishes Pose mean?

Half lord of the fishes pose is a seated twist pose that improves flexibility.

To enter the pose, the practitioner sits in staff pose (dandasana). The left foot is placed on the floor by the outside of the right thigh. The right leg is bent to place the right foot closer to the left buttock. The torso is turned to the left so the left hand rests on the floor. The right elbow rests by the outer side of the left knee. This is repeated on the opposite side.

Half lord of the fishes pose may also be referred to as ardha matsyendrasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Half lord of the fishes pose offers a long list of health benefits, including:

  • Stretches and tones the spine
  • Improves flexibility
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Improves digestion
  • Tones abdominal organs and stimulates their function
  • Promotes blood flow in the pelvic area
  • Effective for back pain
  • Cures menstrual discomfort
  • Aids in detoxification

Those with spinal or hip injury should refrain from practicing half lord of the fishes pose. People with chronic back conditions should only perform the pose under the guidance of a trained professional.

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