This asana can be practiced with the eyes closed to maximize the restorative benefits. It is sometimes recommended for women during pregnancy because of the quiet ease it cultivates.
Benefits of matsya kridasana include:
- Releases tension in the whole body and mind
- Relaxes legs, perineum and low back
- Prepares for savasana
- Promotes sleep
- Restorative for the entire body
Physically, the focus of matsya kridasana should be on the relaxation of the body and calm, easy breathing. Energetically, the focus can be taken to the manipura
(solar plexus) chakra.