In Sanskrit “Matsya” means “Fish”, “Krida” means “Flapping”, “Asana” means “posture”. The English name is “Flapping fish pose”.
Position : Supine
Type : Resting
Spiritual Awareness : Manipura Chakra
Physical Awareness : Relaxing the whole body and breathing normally
Dosha Suitability : Tridoshic
Introducery Asanas : Backward bending asanas
- Lie on the stomach with the fingers interlocked under the head.
- Bend the left leg sideways and bring the left knee close to the ribs.
- The right leg should remain straight.
- Swivel the arms to the left and rest the left elbow on the left knee. If this is not comfortable, rest it on the floor.
- Rest the right side of the head on the crook of the right arm, or a little further down the arm for more comfort.
- Relax in the final pose and after some time, changes sides.
- This position resembles a flapping fish. Breathe normal and relaxed.
- Practise on the both sides.
Follow-up Asana: Shavasana if required
Spotlight effects: relaxation of the whole body.
- This asana also redistributes excess weight around the waistline.
- Relaxes the whole body.
- Relaxes the nerves in the legs.
- It relieves sciatic pain.
- This asana stimulates digestive peristalsis by stretching the intestines and helps remove constipation.
- In the later months of pregnancy, lying on the back may cause pressure over major veins and block the circulation. In such circumstances this posture is ideal for relaxing sleeping or practicing yoga nidra.
Precautions and Contraindications:
The bent knee and the head may be supported on a pillow for further comfort.