Supine Spinal Twist Yoga Pose I

Supine Spinal Twist Yoga Pose I ( front) - Iana Varshavska


Supta Matsyendrasana, in Sanskrit reads as: ‘supta’ = ‘recline’, ‘matsya’ = ‘fish’ and ‘endra’ = ‘refers to Lord Indra the ruler’. The name Matsyendra, here refers to the lord of the fishes, and in this pose it depicts the pose Ardha Matsyendrasana in Supine version. This pose is a great twist to the spine and the abdomen and hence also referred as Abdominal twist pose.

Supta Parivartanasana is considered a base pose as supta parivartanasana variations can be derived from this pose.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
Lie down on your back.
Step 2
Bend your knees and put the soles of your feet on the floor with your knees pointing up toward the ceiling.
Step 3
Press into your feet to lift your hips slightly off the floor and shift them about an inch to your right. This is an important step because it sets your hips up to stack one on top of the other when you move into the twist.
Step 4
Exhale and draw your right knee into your chest and extend your left leg flat on the floor. Keep your left foot actively flexed throughout the pose. Inhale.
Step 5
Exhale and cross your right knee over your midline to the floor on the left side of your body. Your right hip is now stacked on top of your left hip. You can hook your right foot behind your left knee if you like.
Step 6
Open your right arm to the right, keeping it in line with your shoulders. Rest your left hand on your right knee or extend it to make a T shape with the arms. Turn your palms toward the ceiling.
Step 7
Turn your head to the right, bringing your gaze over your shoulder to your right fingertips. You can skip this step if it doesn't feel good on your neck.
Step 8
On your exhalations, release your left knee and your right shoulder toward the floor.
Step 9
Hold the pose for five to 10 breaths. To come out of the pose, inhale and roll onto your back, drawing your right knee into your chest. Release both legs to the floor to neutralize your spine for several breaths before doing the other side.

Pose Detail

Benefits and Contraindications


Helps release the lower back

Opens tight shoulders

Elongates the supporting spinal muscles

Improves digestion

Quiets the mind


Recent or ongoing injury of knees, hips, or back.

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Avoid these errors when doing this pose.

Holding the Breath
You should breathe deeply and smoothly throughout this pose. Do not hold your breath.

Forcing Knee to the Floor
Do not force your knee to the floor. If reaching the floor does not feel accessible, bring your knee over only as much as you can comfortably. You might place a pillow under your knees and feet.

Modifications & Variations
  • Supine Spinal Twist Pose Ii Wall
  • Revolved Abdomen Twist Pose
  • Supine Twist Pose Variation Crossed Legs
  • Supine Spinal Twist Pose Ii Bolster Under Hips
  • Reclined Half Cow Face Pose Foot Knee
  • Supine Windshield Wiper Twist Pose
  • Revolved Abdomen Pose With Ball
  • Belly Section Pose
  • Supine Windshield Wiper Pose Variation
  • Svastika Legs In Twisted Belly Pose
  • Supine Spinal Twist Eagle Legs Pose
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Iana Varshavska
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In love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. Iana is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who has completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification by the Yoga Alliance U.S. In addition to that, she is constantly studying and improving her skills in various aspects of yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, biomechanics, and holodynamics.