Matsyasana or fish pose provides a great stretch to the neck and the abdominal muscles. It also stimulates the digestive organs, and relieves menstrual cramps. On an energetic level, matsyasana helps activate both the throat chakra and the heart chakra, our energy channels in the body governing freedom of expression and love.
1. Begin by lying down in prone position onto the mat, with your legs straight and your shoulder blades on the mat. Keep your arms straight and have your palms on the mat with the top of your hands under your buttocks.
2. Inhale, open the chest and bring the crown of your head on the mat.
3. Exhale and press the palms on the mat.
Flying fish pose (advanced variation)
1. From fish pose inhale and lift both of your legs, keeping them parallel to one another and straight.
2. Exhale and gently lift your arms keeping them parallel to one another and palms facing each other or touching.
Padma Matsyasana - lotus fish pose (advanced variation)
Stretches the neck and abdominal muscles
Stretches the hip flexors when in advanced fish pose with crossed legs
Opens the throat
Opens the chest and stretches the lungs
Strengthens the upper back muscles
Relieves menstrual cramps
Relieves anxiety and stress
Calms the nervous system
Activates and balances the throat and heart chakras
Contraindications: (consult this pose with your general medical practitioner if you have the following)
Sore neck or injury in this region
Low or high blood pressure