How to do Fish Pose or Matsyasana Yoga Pose, Benefits, Precautions

Fish Pose or Matsyasana Yoga pose is part of Hatha Yoga. Many Yoga Instructor says that if you perform fish pose or Matsyasana in water, you will be able to float like fish.

Fish Pose or Matsayasana pronounced as mot-see-AHS-anna (Sanskrit: मत्स्यासन):
Matsya Means: Fish
Asana Mean: Posture (Pose)

The dorsal back region is fully extended in this pose and the chest is fully expanded. Therefore breathing becomes automatically more full.

Things You Knows about Fish Pose or Matsyasana Yoga Pose

  1. How To Do Fish Pose or Matsyasana 
  2. The Benefits Of The Fish Pose
  3. Precautions And Contraindications
  4. Preparatory Poses
  5. Follow-Up Poses

How to do Fish Pose or Matsyasana

Fish Pose

  1. Lie down on your back with your legs straight and your feet together. You may either place your hand’s palms down by your side or put them underneath your thighs side by side.
  2. Inhale, pressing down on your elbows, arch your back, resting the crown of the head on the floor then exhale.
  3. Breathe deeply while in the position as the chest is wide open.
  4. To come out of this position, inhale, lift your head back very gently then exhale as you release the arms and lower yourself slowly to the floor.
  5. Rest in Savasana.
  6. Repeat once or twice.

The Benefits Of The Fish Pose

  1.  This asana enables relaxation of the arteries and veins that transport blood to the heart and back region.
  2. Perform this posture after a shoulder stand or to produce calm and start recovery when you are overexerted.
  3. The Fish Pose tones the pituitary, parathyroid, and pineal glands.
  4. Fish Pose relieves respiratory problems.

Precautions And Contraindications

  1. Fish Pose or Matsyasana must be avoided if you are suffering from High or low blood pressure.
  2. It is best to avoid if you are suffering from Neck Injuries
  3. Back Pain
  4. Leg Joints Injuries

Preparatory Poses

  • Bhujangasana
  • Salabhasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Supta Virasana
  • Virasana
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasna


Follow-Up Poses

  • Ustrasana
  • Supta Virasana
  • Gomukhasana
  • Virasana

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