Learn the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - Ardha Matsyendrasana

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This video reveals the technique to performing the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Ardha Matsyendrasana.

This video series will teach you how to perform basic Yoga poses.
In the next video, you will learn to the Rabbit Pose.

This pose enhances blood circulation, increases flexibility and strengthens the spine and the shoulders.
However, the techniques described in this series are not meant to be prescriptive.
Consult your physician before trying them out.

Sitar by Shri Basab Sen

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In this video, you will learn the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, also known as Ardha Matsyendrasana.

Sit down on the ground with your back straight and both legs extended in front of you.

Fold your left knee and place the sole of your left foot on the ground outside of your right knee.

Fold your right knee, and tuck your right heel beside your left thigh.

Rest your left hand on the floor behind your spine, straightening the arm as you do so.

Inhale and then exhale as you twist your torso to the left and hug your left knee.

If you can, place your right elbow outside of your left knee.

Fold the right elbow by 90 degrees so your fingers are pointing up.

You can stretch further by holding your left ankle with your right hand to lock yourself into position.

Turn your face to look over your left shoulder and stretch as much as you can without straining yourself.

Breathe deeply as you stay in this final position for 20-30 seconds or as long you can.

Exhale as you slowly straighten your torso and release your arms to the sides.

Repeat the same on the other side for the same amount of time.

This pose enhances blood circulation, increases flexibility and strengthens the spine and the shoulders.

It also tones the liver, spleen and pancreas, and helps relieve constipation.

The prostate and bladder are not enlarged if the pose is practiced regularly.

You have now learnt Ardha Matsyendrasana, the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose.

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