If you look back at Hindu mythology, it is mentioned that Matsyasana is among one of the incarnations of the Lord Vishnu, who is the preserver of the Universe. It is also often said that the earth had actually become corrupt and the flood was duly going to wash away the entire earth. Vishnu took the avatar of a fish pose which is called Matsya and then transported all of the different sages to the safety and hence ensured that all of their wisdom remain preserved.
This particular asana actually aims at becoming focused as well as resilient whenever you feel out of your balance, similar to Matsya stuck which balance the earth and the sea. It is vital to ensure that your stomach and bowels remain empty before you perform this particular asana. It is also duly recommended that there should be a gap of certain hours between the last meal that you have taken and the exercise. It allows you enough time for the food to easily get digested. This asana also works best whenever practices early in the morning but you can also practice it in the evening too.
How To Do Matsyasana
- First, you actually need to lie flat on the back and ensure that your legs are actually together and the hands are duly placed comfortably beside the body.
- Now place the palms under the hips in such a fashion that palms are actually facing the ground. After this, bring your elbows close to each other and also place them closer to your waist.
- Now you need to cross the legs in such a way that the feet cross each other right at the middle and the thighs, as well as knees, are placed duly flat on the floor.
- After this, breathe in and then lift the chest up such that the head is actually lifted and the crown touches the ground.
- Ensure that the body weight in on the elbows and not on the head. As the chest is lifted, try to pressurize the shoulder blades.
- Hold this particular position to the length that it is comfortable for you. Keep your breath normal.
- Exhale and then release this position along with lifting the head first and then go on to drop the chest to the floor. Now untangle the legs and then relax.
Points to Remember
It is better to avoid this particular pose in case you are suffering from low or high blood pressure. Also, the patients who have the condition of insomnia, as well as a migraine should avoid this pose. In case you have any back injury, then it is strongly suggested that you don’t try this pose. As a beginner, it is actually quite possible that you may actually feel a bit of strain on your neck whenever you start practicing this particular asana. In order to avoid this, you can easily lower the chest slightly or even put a pillow or folded a blanket under the head until you actually feel comfortable in this pose.