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:
You have a leg, hip or back injury
You have issues with blood pressure
You’ve recently had surgery
BENEFITS OF HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA)
Improves posture and balance
Stimulates your abdominal organs and digestion
Stretches your hip flexors, opens your chest and shoulders
HOW TO PRACTICE HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE (ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
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.
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.
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.
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