Mythical references : Legend goes that Lord Shiva explained the mysteries of yoga to his companion Parvathi, in the river nearby there was a fish who listened quietly to the entire narrative. Lord shiva realising that the fish had learnt Yoga blessed it. The fish took the divine form of Lord Matsyendra, Lord of the fishes. How to do Matsyedrasana Sit with the legs stretched out in front of you. Bend the right knee in under the left leg, to bring the right foot close to the left buttock. Bend the left knee to bring the left foot over the right knee and flat on the floor outside of the right knee. Bring the left hand through the space between the chest and the right knee. Twisting the torso to bring the left armpit over the right knee. Hold the right foot / ankle with the left hand Place the right hand on the floor behind and use as a lever to open up your chest. Sit up straight. Reverse the movement to come out of the posture and repeat on the other side. Benefits: It stretches the muscles on the upper back, shoulders, hips, and neck. Stimulates the digestive fire in the belly This asana massages the abdominal organs alleviating digestive ailments.It regulates the secretion of the adrenal glands, liver and pancreas. Contra-indication : Pregnant women should avoid this asana.
How to do Dhanurasana Lie flat on the stomach with legs and feet together, the arms and hands resting beside the body. Bend the knees and bring the heels close to the buttocks. Clasp the hands around the ankles. Chin should be resting on the floor. Use the leg muscles to push the feet away from the body and into the hands. Arch the back, lifting the thighs, chest and head together. Keep the arms strait. In the final position the only muscular contraction is in the legs, arms and back should remain relaxed. Hold the final position for as long as is comfortable. Release the pose and relax in prone position until the breath returns to normal. How it helps: The entire alimentary canal is reconditioned by this asana. The liver, abdominal organs, and muscles are massaged. The pancreas and adrenal glads are massaged, balancing your hormones. The kidneys are massaged and it is effective if you are trying to loose weight around the abdomen. It is useful for the management of diabetes. It improve blood flow throughout the body. Stiffness leaves the back as muscles and nerves are activated. It helps to correct hunching of the upper back and increases the strength of the thighs.