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Matsyasana

The word ‘matsya’ means ‘fish’. The body resembles a fish in this posture. It should be practiced after Sarvangasana because it is a counterasana of Sarvangasana.

Matsyasan
Matsyasan
Matsyasan


Procedure
1.    Sit in padmasana and relax  the whole body
2.    Carefully bend backward, supporting the body with the arms and elbows.
3.    Lift the chest slightly, take the head back and lower the crown of the head to the  floor.
4.    Hold the big toes and rest the elbows on the floor.
5.    Adjust the position of the head so that the maximum arch of the back is attained.
6.    Relax the arms and the whole body, allowing the head buttocks and the legs to support the weight of the body.
7.    Close the eyes , breath slowly and deeply.
8.    Return to the starting position, reversing the order of movements.
9.    Repeat the asana , with the legs crossed th other way.

Duration
The final position may be held for up to 5 minutes.


Benefits
1. Stretches the intestine and abdominal muscles, useful for all abdominal ailments
2. Useful in constipation, inflamed and bleeding piles, asthma, bronchitis, cervical spondylitis.
3.   Benefitial in case of reproductive abnormalities
4.   Pelvic muscles are well stretched.
5.  All the endocrine glands are well activated.


Contraindications
1. People suffering from heart diseases, peptic ulcers, hernia or any other serious illness
2.    Pregnancy

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