Matsyaasana

Sthiti: Supine Posture
Practice:

  1. Take the right leg and place it on the left thigh.
  2. Place the left leg on the right thigh as in Padmaasana.
  3. Place the palms on either side of the head with fingres pointing towards the shoulders.
  4. Inhale, take the weight on the palms and lift the head and the back off the ground.
  5. Bring the center of the crown of the head to the ground by bending the dorsal and cervical spine backwards.
  6. Exhale and remove the hands after the weight is well-balanced on the head and catch hold of the big toes hooking the index fingers around them.
  7. Press the elbows on the ground to bear the weight of the upper half of the body.
  8. Maintain this position for one minute with normal breathing.
  9. As you exhale comeback slowly step by step to supine Sthiti.
  10. Relax in Savasana.

Benefits:

  • Complementary to Sarvangaasana,
  • Good for diabetes, Asthmatics and other Respiratory problems.

Limitations:

Those who have recently undergone any abdominal or thoracic surgery and persons with cervical Spondylosis should avoid this posture for 3 months.