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Ardha Matsayendrasana 2

Half Lord of The Fish Pose-2 [Ardha Matsayendrasana 2]

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Ardha Matsayendrasana derives its name from the Sanskrit language in which ‘Ardha’ means half, ‘matsya’ means fish, ‘indra’ means king and ‘asana’ means a yoga pose.

This asana is a type of spinal twist with many variations and is one of the 12 basic asanas in the systems of Hatha Yoga.

Organising the Pose:

1. Sit in Dandasana with the legs stretched out.

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2. Bend your right leg as in Padma-asana in Ardha Padma-asana.

4.  Rotate your waiste to your left .Hold your left foot with your right hand.

5.  Take your left arm behind your back and catch hold of yourright ankle. Look over your left shoulder . This is Ardha Matsayendrasana 2.

6. Then interchange the position of your legs and arms and repeat the pose on the opposite side. Finally return to Dandasana.

DO: 

  • Twist your stomach.
  • Do twist from feeling and not force.

DON’T: 

  • Don’t hold your breath.
  • Don’t  do this pose if you have a spinal injury, back pain ,back injury or during pregnancy.

BENEFITS: 

  • Corrects drooping shoulders.
  • Tones the liver, spleen and pancreas.
  • Makes the spine supple and strong, twisting it from the base of the spine to the very top.

Namaste!

Neelanjana Bharadwaj- Yoga Expert

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