Flapping Fish Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Flapping Fish Pose Mean?

Flapping fish pose is a relaxing and restorative yoga posture. It takes its name from the body resembling a fish flapping its tail while performing this pose.

In this pose, the yogi lies on the stomach with the head turned to the left, the right cheek resting on the hands folded beneath. The left knee is brought under the body to the ribcage and held for as long as desired then repeated with the right leg.

Flapping fish pose may also be referred to as matsya kridasana in Sanskrit.

Flapping Fish Pose


Yogapedia Explains Flapping Fish Pose

Flapping fish pose is a gently relaxing and soothing posture for the body and mind. It provides a gentle, asymmetrical supported stretch for the muscles.

Additional benefits of flapping fish pose include:

  • Reduces insomnia
  • Stimulates the abdominal region and peristalsis
  • Relieves constipation and digestive issues
  • Stretches the side of the waist, which is believed to reduce fat
  • Relaxes the lower back
  • Eases sciatica and restless leg syndrome

This posture may be appropriate during pregnancy to ease restlessness or discomfort.

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