Matsyasana (Fish pose w/lotus variation)

I absolutely love the way this pose feels.  It opens up the throat and heart chakras.  It feels like my heart is singing. 

fish
not me.

Matsyasana is usually taken after shoulder stand as a counterpose.  It opens the throat.

1. Lying on your back, legs out straight, prop yourself up with your elbows, so the torso is at about a forty-five degree angle to the floor.

2. Lean your head back slowly and then begin to slide yourself back, reaching the crown of your head towards the floor, arching the back.  Palms can face the hips or up toward the ceiling.

3. Take a few breaths here and then inhale the chin into the chest and let yourself come back onto the back.

 

Lotus variation:

lotus
setting up the lotus

1. Set up your lotus.  Cross one leg on top of the other, pulling the foot towards the upper thigh or hip.  Cross the other leg on top, pulling the foot to the upper thigh or hip.

2.  Prop yourself up on your elbows and begin to slide the crown of the head towards the floor, arching the back.

3.  The hands can be next to the thighs or grab the feet or toes.

4.  Stay for a few breaths.  Inhale draw the chin to the chest.  Unravel and lower down to the mat.

 

matsyasana
Fish outta water 🙂

 

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