Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) was named after legendry yoga teacher. It is a spinal twist with plenty of benefits and therapeutic applications. It is good for reducing pain in spinal cord or your back. It is done in seated position to stretch your back or spinal cord. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) also stimulates digestive system and nervous system. It may be difficult to wrap the opposite arm over raised leg. It may be harmful for beginner if it is done in correct style. The best idea is to take help from yoga teacher. Initially you should not hold the position for longer time. The duration of Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) depends on your comfort level. The yoga posture regulates the functions of kidney and liver and also strengthens the spinal cord.

Step by step guide to Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

  • Bend your both knees and put your feet over floor. Keep your left leg under right thigh and keep your knee pointed outwards.
  • Keep the right hand over floor and exhale slowly. Your left arm should be placed over right knee which is pointing outwards.
  • Turn your head in either direction. Twist the torso if you are turning to the right direction and counter the twist when you are turning to the left direction.
  • Press the fingers against floor and inhale deeply. Hold the position for up to 60 seconds and repeat the steps with other side also.