Matsyasana (Fish Pose) – an easy guide by Lets Yoga

This blog is an easy guide by Lets Yoga about everything you need to know about Matsyasana (Fish Pose).

Matsyasana (Fish Pose) is an amazing Backbend, Chest Opener asana by pose type; which is commonly considered as counterpose to Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand).

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Pronunciation & Meaning of Matsyasana

(mat-see-AHS-anna)

In Matsyasana; Matsya means fish and Asana means pose/posture.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Fish Pose

How to do Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Step 1

Start this pose with lying on the floor with your back.

Step 2

Lift up your buttocks and place your hands below your buttocks, palms should be facing the floor.

Step 3

Lift your upper body while keeping its weight on your forearms, then slowly drop the upper portion of your head on the floor. Keep breathing.

Step 4

Hold the final position for anywhere between 15-30 seconds.

Benefits of Fish Pose

  • Provides a good stretch to the front of the neck, back, throat, abdominal region, and navel.
  • Strengthen muscles of the upper back and back of the neck
  • Improves body posture.
  • Improve immunity and strengthen the immune system if practiced regularly.

Precautions for Fish Pose

Matsyasana (Fish Pose) should be avoided if you have any serious back injuries, or low blood pressure or insomnia or migraine, or have gone through any recent surgery. If you have any one of these problems then consider practicing under the supervision of an experienced Yoga teacher.

Consult a doctor before starting an exercise regime.

More Information about Fish Pose

Sanskrit Name of the Asana

Matsyasana

Asana Level

1

Modifications

If you have any difficulties in doing a fish pose or if you just want to try the modified version, then all you need is a thick folded blanket. Place a thickly folded blanket beneath your shoulders and back to simply support the lift of your chest.

Warm-up Asana

Follow-through Asana

  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  • Setu Bandha Sarvaṅgasana (Bridge Pose)

Advancement

If you want to deepen the pose, then try doing Fish Pose while sitting in Lotus Pose, as shown in the image below.

Advance Fish Pose
Advance Fish Pose

Beginner’s Tips

To reduce the intensity of the backbend and straining of the neck simply place a thickly folded blanket beneath your shoulders and back to simply support the lift of your chest.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

How long can I do a Fish Pose?

You can do Fish Pose for about 15-30 seconds.

How to pronounce Matsyasana?

Try saying (mat-see-AHS-anna)

What does Matsyasana means?

In Matsyasana; Matsya means fish and Asana means pose/posture.

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