Project Description

[dropcapA[/dropcap]rdha Matsyendrasana is a good spinal-twisting posture that keeps the spinal column supple, flexible and strong. This is also a very important Yoga posture for the management of Diabetes – as the pose involves applying a beneficial stress on the pancreas, ‘Insulin’ is secreted by the body which helps in managing blood sugar levels and dealing with Type 2 Diabetes.

Mythical reference:
According to Indian mythology, the pose is dedicated to Lord Matsyendranath (Lord of the Fishes). The story goes that once a man was consumed by a large fish which went down to the bottom of the sea. There Lord Shiva, considered the first Guru of Yoga, was sharing his knowledge on Yoga with his consort Parvati. The man inside the fish heard this discourse, and on understanding this knowledge, became enlightened. When the fish returned to the top of the sea, the man came out and became a renowned Yogi called Matsyendranath! (literal translation: ‘Lord of the Fishes’)

How to do Ardha Matsyendrasana?

  • Sit with your legs stretched out.
  • Bend your right leg and place the foot over your left leg.
  • Bring your right knee close to your chest.
  • Place the outside of your left elbow to lock your right knee close to the chest.
  • Then twist your back and turn backwards, placing your right palm on the floor behind your back. Open your right shoulder backwards and turn to the back. Hold this posture while breathing normally for 30 secs-1 min.
  • Then repeat on the other side.

Counter-Indications:
If you have a severe backache, please consult your doctor or yoga teacher before attempting this posture.

Modifications:
If you are unable to do the pose, then you can do the same by even sitting on a chair with your feet on the floor and creating the twist in your torso region of the body.

By Manish Pole and Catherine Juliano