Today’s fun pose is Matsyasana or Fish Pose.  Some claim that if you perform fish pose in water, you will be able to float like a fish – try it out for yourself!

matsya = fish

There are many benefits to matsyasans:

  • Stretches the hip flexors and the muscles in between the ribs
  • Stretches and stimulates the organs of the belly and throat
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck
Before we take you through the steps to your fish pose, we should warn you that with any chest opener you could feel an giant emotional response.  Read about Anacostia Yogi’s emotional experience with fish pose here.

Here’s how you can realize your fish pose:

1. Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Inhale, lift your pelvis slightly off the floor, and slide your hands, palms down, below your back (on either side of the small of your back) . Then rest your buttock/backs on the backs of your hands. Be sure to tuck your forearms and elbows up close to your sides.

2. Inhale and press your forearms and elbows firmly against the floor. Next press your with an inhale, lift your upper torso and head away from the floor. Then release your head back onto the floor. There shouldn’t be a big amount of weight (just really light!) on your head to avoid crunching in your neck.

3. You can keep your knees bent or straighten your legs out onto the floor. If you choose to straighten your legs be sure to keep your thighs active, and press out through your heels.

4. Stay for 30 seconds, keeping your breath steady. When you’re complete in fish post, gently lower your torso and head to the floor. Draw your thighs up into your belly and squeeze.

Here’s a video on youtube showing you a slightly different variation of how to get into the pose.

Enjoy your fish pose – and see you on the mat!