Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

What is Half Lord of the Fishes Pose?

Half lord of the fishes pose, or ardha matsyendrasana in Sanskrit, is a beginner's seated spinal twist. While it certainly improves spinal flexibility, its main benefit is that it increases circulation to the abdominal organs and improves digestion.


  • Begin sitting with the legs outstretched.
  • Bend the right leg and place the sole of the foot on the floor outside of the left knee. Bend the left leg, bringing the foot near the right buttock.
  • Inhale and reach the left arm up.
  • Exhale and twist to the right. Bend the left arm and press the elbow against the outside of the right knee, twisting deeper. Look over the right shoulder.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Inhale and untwist. Change sides.


  • Avoid if there is hip or spinal injury

Benefits of Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

  • Stretches and tones the spine
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves circulation to the abdominal organs
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Promotes blood flow to the pelvic area
  • Relieves back pain

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Ardha Matsyendrasana
ar-dhah mat-syen-DRAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Parshva (Side)
Pose Type
Seated Poses, Twists
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