CHANDIGARH,20.09.20-Since the final pose resembles a Matasya meaning fish, this asna is called MATASYASANA. This pose opens up the chest and diaphragm and is quite beneficial for our health.
STEPS
Sit in Padamasna and relax the whole body. Carefully bend backward, supporting the body with the arms and elbows. Lift the chest slightly, take the head back and lower the crown of the head to the floor.
Hold the big toes and rest the elbows on the floor. Adjust the position of head so as to attain maximum arch of the back.
Relax the arms and the whole body, allowing the head, buttocks and legs to support the weight of the body.
Close the eyes and breathe slowly but deeply.
Return to the starting position reversing the order of movements.
Repeat the asna with the legs crossed the other way.
The final position can be held from a few seconds to 5 minutes as per capacity and practice.
Physical awareness on abdomen, chest, neck and head( the body parts where the stretch is felt) and Spiritual on MANIPURA CHAKRA.
Beginners must perform under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher only.
CAUTIONS:- Those sufferings from heart diseases, peptic ulcer, hernia, back conditions or any other serious ailments should not practice this asna.
PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT TRY THIS ASNA.
BENEFITS:-
It stretches the intestines and abdominal organs. As such ,it is beneficial for all abdominal ailments. It helps curing constipation and piles. It is excellent for asthma and bronchitis. Helps treating backache and regulates the function of thyroid gland. It stimulates thymus gland and boosts immunity. It enhances youthfulness and vitality.
NOTE: It is most important that the body is slowly lowered/raised by using elbow’s support. The movement should be performed with utmost control and care as otherwise it may result in spinal injury.

Dr. M K VIRMANI
NATUROPATH & YOGA THERAPIST
CHAIRMAN CHANDIGARH YOGA ASSOCIATION
( Affiliated to Yoga Federation Of India)
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