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Ardha Matsyendrasana - Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose


In Sanskrit, “ardha” means half, “matsya” means fish,“endra” means ruler,and “asana” means pose.
Matsyendra – Founder of Hatha Yoga & Nath Tradition
Full Spinal Twist position was the favourite meditation pose of the Sage Matsyendranath so this pose is named after him.
Benefits : Stimulates the liver and kidneys
Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck
Energizes the spine
Stimulates the digestive fire in the belly
Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache
Therapeutic for asthma and infertility
Traditional texts say that Ardha Matsyendrasana increases appetite, destroys most deadly diseases, and awakens kundalini.

Neck problems - Gaze straight ahead with your head centered on your body.
Note: For Beginners-If you can't get your elbow to rest behind the knee, you can simply hug the knee into your chest.
Avoid doing this asana. Read this section carefully before you do it.
Should be avoided during pregnancy and menstruation due to the strong twist in the abdomen.
People with Heart, abdominal or brain surgeries should not practice this asana.
Care should be taken for those with peptic ulcer or hernia.
Those with severe spinal problems should avoid.

How to do this asana:

Start in Dandasana(Staff Pose).Bend the left leg and place the left foot on the ground over the right knee.Bend the right leg and fold it so that it is resting on the ground with the right heel near the left buttock.Bring the right hand over the left leg and grab the big toe of the left foot.Inhale and exhaling twist the trunk of the body as much as possible, turning the neck so the gaze is over the left shoulder and placing your left hand on the floor behind you.
Step 1: Start in Dandasana (Staff Pose).
Step 2: Bend your left knee and bring the sole of your left foot to the floor on the outside of the right thigh.
Step 3: Bend the right knee, and tuck the right foot in near the left buttock.
Step 4: Bring the right hand over the left leg and grab the big toe of the left foot.
Step 5: Inhale and exhaling twist the trunk of the body as much as possible, turning the neck so the gaze is over the left shoulder and placing your left hand on the floor behind you.
Step 6: Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation, return to the starting position, and repeat to the left for the same length of time.


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