Jain View Of Life: 4.1.11 Matsyasana

Published: 05.01.2012
Updated: 02.07.2015

Matsyasana (Fish pose)

Sarvangasana and Halasana must be followed by Matsyasana, because it is a complementary asana for both. This balances the forward bend and backward bend of posture. It also brings balance to the spinal cord.

Position:

Stretch the legs out fully in front of you while sitting.

Process:

Bend the knees. Place each foot on the opposite hip joint, crossing the legs. Now, lay backward, supporting yourself with your elbows. Lie down. Let the legs, hands and head touch the ground. Only the small of the back is lifted off the ground. Rest your weight on the elbows. Bend the head well back so that the neck and back are arched up. Catch hold of each big toe with each hand.

Keeping the eyes open, retain this pose. Breathe slowly and deeply. Gently let go the grip on the toes. Bring the back down. Unclasp the legs from their folded position.


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Time:

Do this asana for half of the time that you do Sarvangasana.

Benefits:

This posture cures stiffness and pain in the neck, chest, legs and waist. It relieves headache, pain in the eyes, ears, and tonsils. These organs get increased blood supply from this asana. The rib-cage and lungs expand, increasing lung capacity. It helps in the practice of celibacy. It increases concentration and purifies the mind. It also helps in eliminating nocturnal emissions and nerve weak­ness.

Note:

To fully gain the benefits of Sarvangasana and Halasana it is important to practice Matsyasana.

Sources

Jain View Of Life

Publisher: Adarsh Sahitya Sangh

Edition: 1st Edition 2000

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  1. Asana
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  4. Halasana
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