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Ardha Matsyendrasana-Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Ardha Matsyendrasana-Half Lord of the Fishes Pose(अर्धमत्स्येन्द्रासन)

Sanskrit, “ardha” means half, “matsya” means fish, “indra” means ruler, and “asana” means pose.

Steps:

Step 1:

Sit with a straight spine; sit on a block or pillow, something sturdy. Bend the left leg and place the heal of the left foot beside the right hip (optionally, you can keep the left leg straight).

Step 2:

Place the left hand on the right knee and the right hand behind you.

Step 3:

Twist the waist, shoulders and neck in this sequence to the right and look over the right shoulder.

Step 4:

Keep the spine erect.
Hold and continue with gentle long breaths in and out.

Step 5:

Breathing out, release the right hand first (the hand behind you), release the waist, then chest, lastly the neck and sit up relaxed yet straight.

Step 6:

Repeat to the other side.

Step 7:

Breathing out, come back to the front and relax.


Benefits:

Cleans internal organs, well for digestion and elimination of wastes.
Stimulates liver, heart, lungs, kidneys and spleen.
Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck.
Opens the chest and increases the oxygen supply to the lungs.
Increases flexibility, especially in hips and spine.

Avoid:

if severe Leg,neck or hand injury.
if you feels pain while doing any asana.

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