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
- Pose Level
- Urdhva (Toward the sky)
- Pose Type
- Backbends, Chest Openers