Lord of the Fishes Pose

Definition - What does Lord of the Fishes Pose mean?

Lord of the fishes pose is a spinal twist that's used in Hatha yoga. This pose encourages flexibility and offers a number of health benefits.

To perform this pose, the practitioner enters half lotus pose (ardha padmasana), tightening the posture so that the heel presses into the navel. Twist the body toward the extended leg, and bring the corresponding hand behind the back to hold the opposite ankle. The extended leg is bent and placed by the right knee, then the torso twists further so the free hand can hold the foot of that leg. This is all then repeated on the opposite side.

Lord of the fishes pose is also called matsyendrasana or purna matsyendrasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Lord of the Fishes Pose

Lord of the fishes pose is an excellent spinal twist that offers innumerable health benefits. Recommended for its anti-aging effects, regular practice of the pose makes the individual look younger.

Some of the most important benefits of the pose include:

  • Stretches and tones the spine and promotes flexibility
  • Promotes blood flow to the spine
  • Tones abdominal organs
  • Relieves constipation and supports digestive function
  • Helps to eliminate toxins
  • Postpones aging
  • Strengthens the nerves
  • Promotes sense of calm

Lord of the fishes pose should not be practiced by those with heart conditions, severe peptic ulcers, and those who have recently undergone abdominal or brain surgery.

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