Know your asana: Matsyasana

Matsyasana or “Fish pose” is a mild backbend and helps in relaxing the neck-shoulders post inversions.  It is said that, if you do Matsyasana in water, you can float like a fish.

What is so special about Matsyasana?

Matsyasana is said to be the “destroyer of all diseases.” It is a great therapeutic asana for respiratory ailments, mild backache, fatigue, anxiety and menstrual pain. Besides it is a great counterpose for inversions as it relaxes the neck and shoulders.


As the neck is extended, Vishuddhi chakra is stimulated. The throat chakra affects your communication skills. Besides, communication is just not talking or verbal, it also refers to our listening skills and the other forms of human expression. Therefore, a balanced Vishuddhi chakra allows for open communication to other people.  And it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx.

Benefits of Matsyasana

1) Brilliant stretching exercise

  • Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas) and the muscles (intercostals) between the ribs
  • Stretches and stimulates the muscles of the belly and front of the neck
  • Stretches and stimulates the organs of the belly and throat

2) Strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck

3) Helps in relaxing as tension from the shoulders and neck is released.


Expand the lungs and chest.


Avoid in case of knee injury, severe neck or back ache.

Usually in classes, the legs are kept straight (rather than Padmasana). Thus, ensuring the shoulders and neck is relaxed post inversions. But, practicing the whole posture is healthy for the spine, hips, shoulders and neck. 

Keep practicing and Keep reading!

Iti Jain

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