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