Fish Pose is our Pose of the Week
Fish Pose is known as a “heart-opening” yoga position and is a back-bending yoga posture that opens the chest, throat, and abdomen. The Sanskrit name for this pose, “Matsyasana” (maht-see-AHS-uh-nuh), comes from two words:
- “Matsya” — meaning “fish”
- “Asana” — meaning “pose”
It is said that if you perform the fish pose in water, you will be able to float like a fish.
How to do Fish Pose:
- Begin by lying on your back with your legs extended and your arms resting alongside your body, palms down
- Press your forearms and elbows into the floor and lift your chest to create an arch in your upper back. Lift your shoulder blades and upper torso off the floor. Tilt your head back and bring the crown of your head to the floor. Gently release the crown of your head (or the back of your head, if the crown doesn’t feel available to you) back down on the floor, placing a minimal amount of weight on your head. Keep pressing through your hands and forearms.
- Firm your shoulder blades into your back and lift your chest higher toward the ceiling, elongating your spine.
- Keep your thighs active and energized. Press outward through your heels.
- Hold for five to ten breaths. To release the pose, press firmly through your forearms to slightly lift your head off the floor. Then exhale as you lower your torso and head to the floor. Draw your knees into your chest for Knees-to-Chest Pose for a few breaths, and then extend your legs and rest.
Benefits of Fish Pose:
- This is a deep stretch for the shoulders, chest, and the front body, including the throat, abdomen, and hip flexors
- This pose also strengthens the musculature of the back and neck and can help relieve spinal tension and improve posture
- Fish Pose also opens up the lungs, which improves breathing and helps to relieve respiratory ailments
- By positively stimulating the muscles of the abdomen, it also helps to relieve constipation and menstrual pain
- Regularly practising Fish Pose will energise the body, and reduce fatigue and anxiety.