Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) – Learn This Asana In 3 Steps | Yoga With Nutan


Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) – Learn This Asana In 3 Steps | Yoga With Nutan

HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE

Sanskrit Name – Ardha Matsyendrasana

Sanskrit Name Meaning – Ardha – Half, Matsya – Fish, Indra – King, Asana - Pose

Type of Asana – Seated Twist Yoga Pose

Target Areas – Core


WHAT IS HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA)?

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) is a seated twisted yoga pose that targets your core, energises your spine and helps stimulate digestion.


DO NOT PRACTICE HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA) IF:

  1. You have a leg, hip or back injury

  2. You have issues with blood pressure

  3. You’ve recently had surgery

BENEFITS OF HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA)

  1. Improves posture and balance

  2. Stimulates your abdominal organs and digestion

  3. Stretches your hip flexors, opens your chest and shoulders

HOW TO PRACTICE HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS

  1. Start by sitting in Easy Pose (Sukhasana). Cross your right knee over your left and draw your feet in next to your hips. Raise your right knee up and place the sole of your right foot outside your left knee. Place your right hand on the floor outside your right hip for support. Sit evenly on your sitting bones. Do not sway to one side.

  2. Inhale and lift your left hand to the ceiling. As you exhale, draw your left elbow into the outside of your right knee. Press into your knee to increase resistance. Look over your right shoulder.

  3. Breathe deeply. Practice this asana for as long as you feel comfortable and then exit the pose and repeat on the other side.

HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA) VARIATION

Practice this asana by wrapping your arm around your knee for a gentler twist.


PREPARATORY POSES


Bharadvaja’s Twist – Bharadvajasana I


Pose Dedicated to Sage Marichi III - Marichyasana III


Eagle Pose – Garudasana


Head-to-Knee Forward Bend - Janu Sirsasana


FOLLOW UP POSES


Bound Angle Pose - Baddha Konasana


Corpse Pose – Savasana


Seated Forward Bend - Paschimottanasana



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