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Yoga Exercise - Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Matsya, the Fish, was one of the incarnations of the Hindu God Vishnu. Vishnu assumed this form to save the world from the Flood. The Fish Pose or Matsyasana in Hindi, is the counterpose to the Shoulder Stand and must always be practiced after it. Having stretched the neck and upper spine in the Shoulder Stand, Plough or Bridge, you now compress them as you arch your back. Doing the Fish Pose also relieves the stiffness of your neck and shoulder muscles and corrects any tendency of having rounded shoulders. Holding this Yoga Pose exercises the chest, tones the nerves of the neck and back, and ensures that the thyroid and parathyroid glands obtain the maximum benefits from the Shoulder Stand. Performing the Fish Pose also expands the rib cage fully, increasing your lung capacity and aids in deep breathing. You should remain in this Yoga Posture for at least half the amount of time you spent in the Shoulder Stand in order to balance the stretch.

STEP 1: Lie down on your back with your legs straight and your feet together. Place your hands, palms down, underneath your thighs.

STEP 2:Pressing down on your elbows, inhale and arch your back. Drop your head back so that the top of your head is on the floor, but your weight should rest on your elbows. Exhale. Breathe deeply while in the position, keeping your legs and lower torso relaxed. To come out of the pose, lift your head and place it gently back down, then release the arms.

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Suraj Singh
Sunday 29th November 2009 at 9:16:34 PM  

Nice & simple way to explain this pose.

Very good use of Animation. Great work dude.

Thursday 4th March 2010 at 2:35:04 AM  

Explanation by means of animation is awesome.

Monday 13th June 2011 at 3:09:38 AM  

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Monday 13th June 2011 at 3:12:35 AM  

please if you have as video. tell about the price and condition under that I can buy this. thank you agin. congratulation to the producers.

Wednesday 28th September 2011 at 8:09:53 AM  

the animations are fantastic, the explanations just need to say what type of breathing exercises we should focus on and the body-points/roots where we should focus our attention
Anyways, the whole instruction is good,

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