Fish Pose


What is Fish Pose?

Fish pose, or matsayasana in Sanskrit, is a backbend that opens the chest and lungs. From a supine position, the practitioner supports the torso on the forearms while the chest lifts toward the sky. It's commonly used as a counterpose to shoulderstand, or sarvangasana.


  • Lie on the back with the legs together.
  • Place the hands under the buttocks, palms down.
  • Inhale and lift the heart toward the sky. Rest on the forearms. Lean the head back so that it touches the floor. Do not rest on the head.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Avoid if there is neck pain or injury

Benefits of Fish Pose

  • Opens the chest and lungs
  • Improves upper body posture
  • Stimulates the thyroid
  • Stretches the abdominal organs

Fish Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Matsayasana
Pronunciation: maht-sigh-AH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type: Backbends, Chest Openers

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