Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose

Ardha Matsyendrasana

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
Pronunciation: ar-dhah mat-syen-DRAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Parshva (Side)
Pose Type: Seated Poses, Twists

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