Ardha Matsyendrasana is named after the famous yogi and saint Shri Matsyendranath. Every asana teaches us to align our muscles and bones so we can improve our everyday posture. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, is a spinal twist that lengthens the spine. This asana is a grounding stretch for the outer hips, and creates expansion through the chest and shoulders.

What is so special about Ardha Matsyendrasana?

Performing twists in yoga gives our bodies a chance to wring out tension and realign the spine. What’s more, twists aid digestion. They also help in eliminating the built up waste, as well as negative thoughts and emotions that live in the belly. Besides, the asana balances the insulin in the body.

Chakra-wise

As we twist our body and open the shoulders and chest, Anahata chakra is stimulated. The Heart chakra is all about connecting and relating. The emphasis here is on love, giving and receiving, and how open we are in relationships. Love is the energy that helps transfigure emotions and experiences. It’s an essential element in any relationship, whether it’s is with others or oneself.

Benefits of Ardha Matsyendrasana

  1. Better Digestion: Nearly 30% of the world’s population struggles with some sort of digestive disorder. Twists help massage the abdominal organs which secrete digestive juices. Thus, enabling digestion.
  2. Detoxifying: Twists refresh blood flow to our essential organs that play an essential role in excreting waste and boosting immunity.
  3. Opens the heart center: As the chest is pushed out, the energy in the heart center is balanced. Yoga is know to short circuit anxiety and heartaches.
  4. Elongates the spine: As sit straight and twist, the spine is stretched and our postures is improved.
  5. Tones the obliques: As we twist and hold the asana, the fat around the stomach is dissolved.
  6. Balances insulin: The twisting motion massages the pancreas leading to insulin secretion and balance. This is a great posture to keep sugar in control. Must practice for diabetics. 
  7. Helps in removing negative thoughts and emotions.

Pro-tip

Twist your back shoulder, that your torso stretches more.

Contra-indications

Avoid in case of severe back ache or spinal injury.

This is one of my favourite asana. Twists are essential in our exercise routine. They detoxify our emotions and body. Trust me, the days you feel overwhelmed, do a lot of twists and drink a lot of water. You will feel rejuvenated!! :) :) Besides, for every extra dessert you eat, hold  this asana for 10 more seconds in your daily practice.

Signing off for the day

Iti jain