The Fish Pose, or Matsyasana, is a yoga pose that strengthens the muscles of the back and neck, as well as stretching the chest and shoulders. To perform the pose, start by lying on your back with your legs together and your arms by your sides. Press your forearms and elbows into the floor, and use your hands to lift your chest and head off the floor. Arch your back, and press the top of your head into the floor. Hold the pose for several deep breaths before releasing. It is considered as the counter-pose of Shoulder stand(Sarvangasana) and it can be practiced after the sarvangasana.
The Fish Pose, or Matsyasana, is a seated back-bending yoga pose that opens the chest and neck while strengthening the spine, abdominal muscles and the muscles of the lower back. This pose is named after the word “Matsya” in Sanskrit, which means “fish.”
To practice the Fish Pose, start by sitting on the floor with your legs folded beneath you, making sure that your hips are resting on the floor. Slowly lean back on your elbows, with your hands resting on the floor behind you. Slowly lower your head to the floor and rest the crown of your head on the floor. As you exhale, press your elbows and forearms into the floor, and lift your chest and head off the floor, arching your back.
Hold the pose for several deep breaths, focusing on the stretch in your chest and neck. As you inhale, lift your head and chest higher, and as you exhale, release the pose.
This pose also helps in stimulating the thyroid and parathyroid glands, and improves digestion. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety and provides relief from menstrual discomfort.
It is important to note that this pose should be avoided by people with neck or back injuries, and if you have high blood pressure, it is best to perform this pose under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor.