This asana is known as Matsyasana because in th asana, with the help of Plavini Pranayama, one can float on the surface of water,like a fish.’Matsya’is the Sanskrit word for fish. This asana is not very difficult to perform. Some practice will enable one to perform this asana easily. This asana is very useful for concentration, meditation and self-realizati There are three techniques to perform this asana.

Technique 1 : Lie flat on the back. Start with the Padmasana pose with the right leg on the left thigh and the left leg on the right thigh. Lock the forearms and rest your head on


on them. Breathe normally. This is the first technique of practising Matsyasana.


Technique 2: Sit in Padmasana and then lie flat on the back. Hold the left toe with the right hand and the right toe with the left hand.


Technique 3: Sit in Padmasana and lie flat on the back. Slide the head backwards in such a way that the crown of the head and the hips would support the body. Between the head and the hips,an arch is formed similar to a bridge. Now stretch Your arms forward and hold the toes with the fingers. In this tecnique,the neck is pulled in such a way that it gives the body the shape of an arch.

Fat persons having bulky muscles of their legs can perform this asana instead of practising Padmasana.
First practise Padmasana. Then practise Matsyasana. This asana should be done for ten seconds at the beginning. Increase the time gradually. At the time of the completion of
the asana, loosen the head with the help of the hands. Sit and
practise Padmasana.

Advantages :

(1) The stiffness in the neck-muscles and
the dullness around the throat-muscles caused by
Sarvangasana can be alleviated by practising Matsyasana
immediately after performing Sarvangasana.
(2) The windpipe and the soundbox remain open while
practising this asana. This induces deep breathing.
(3) This exercise enlarges the thoracic cage and allow
deeper breathing. It tones up the digestive system.
(4) This asana is beneficial to those suffering fro
asthma. It removes the disorders of the entire respirato system.
(5) It activates the spinal column and the muscles of th
(6) It stimulates the facial nerves and blood vessels th brightens up the face.

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