The Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) derives from the Sanskrit word where Ardha stands for “Half”, Matsyendrasana stands for “King of the Fish”, and Asana stands for “Pose” or “Posture”.
The Sanskrit word Ardha Matsyendrasana is Pronounced As – ARE-dah MAT-see-en-DRAHS-anna.
The Half Lord of the Fishes Pose is also known as Half Spinal Twist Pose (Vakrasana). In Sanskrit, Vakra stands for “Twisted”.
The pose got the name after yogi “Matsyendranath”.
This pose is also used in hatha yoga programs as this pose is one of the 12 basic asanas.
Things you should be aware of before starting the pose –
- The pose can be done in the early morning as well as evening.
- If you are doing the pose in the evening then make sure your stomach is empty.
- Moreover, there should be at least 4 hours of gap between the meal and the practice of the yoga pose.
- The yoga pose is for the Beginner level and the style of the pose is Hatha yoga.
- Also, the duration of the pose should be anywhere between 30 to 60 seconds.
- The repetition of the pose should be on the right side first, then only on the left side.
- Furthermore, the specialty of the pose is that it stretches your Neck, Shoulders, and Hips.
- It strengthens your Digestive system, Spine, Reproductive system, and Urinary system.
How to do –
- Sit in an erect position with your legs stretching out in forward direction.
- Also, your feet must be placed together and also, your spine should be erect.
- Bend your left knee such that your left knee is besides your right hip.
- Afterwards, place your right leg next to the left knee by taking your leg over the knee.
- Now erect your spine and twist your neck, shoulders and waist towards the right.
- Moreover, your gaze should be focused on your right shoulder.
- Now you can place your right hand behind your body and also, your left hand on your right knee.
- Breath slowly and deeply and also, hold the pose anywhere between 30 seconds to 60 seconds.
- Finally, you can release your pose by sitting straight.
- Now, you can also repeat the same steps for the left side and again, release your pose by sitting straight.
- Tones and improve flexibility in the spine area.
- Stretch body muscles.
- Relieves stiffness and back pain.
- Improves the functioning of the digestive system because of the twist massage of abdominal organs.
- Relieves tension and stress.
- Increase the supply of oxygen in the body as it opens up the chest.
- The pose purifies the blood and increases blood circulation in the body.
- It improves the health of the urinary system and reproductive system.
- Severe spinal problems
- If anyone had undergone surgeries like heart, brain or abdominal then must avoid doing this pose.
Preparatory Poses –
- Baddha Konasana
- Bharadvaja’s Twist
Follow-up Poses –