Fish Pose or Matsyasana (maht-see-AHS-uh-nuh) in Sanskrit, comes from two words: “Matsya” meaning “fish” and “Asana” meaning “pose”/ It is a beautiful heart-opening posture that strengthens and lengthens the upper body.
It is usually used as the counter-pose to Shoulderstand ( Sarvangasana) because it neutralizes pressure on the neck and spine, but it is also a deep stretch with many benefits in its own right!
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches the chest and the front of the throat
Opens the pectorals, hip flexors, and intercostal muscles between the ribs
Stimulates organs in the throat and abdomen
Strengthens the upper back and neck musculature
Opens the accessory muscles of breathing
Releases tension in the thoracic spine and mid-back
Back and Neck Injury or Surgery
High or Low Blood Pressure
- Fish In Lotus Pose
- Supported Fish Pose
- Fish Pose on blocks
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