Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Yoga Poses for Beginners - Fish Pose

Fish Pose (Matsyasana) helps restore vitality. The abdominal organs and intestines are stretched which is great for digestive complaints, and constipation.

The lower back is given a wonderful compression and circulaton is improved. It also helps develop the chest and improves posture.

Fish Pose – How To

1 Lie on your mat, feet together and legs straight.

2 Bring your hands together, palms down, under your buttocks.

3 Using your elbows as support bring your upper body off the ground, and allow your head to fall back. Arch your back, opening your chest and place the crown of your head on the ground.

4 Breathe deeply and slowly, and gaze behind you.

To come out of the pose, place a little more pressure on your elbows and bring your head up. Slowly return your body to the ground and release your hands.


If you have a heart condition or severe back problems do not attempt this posture.

If you have high blood pressure make sure your head does not drop between your arms when doing this pose.

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