Matsyasana – The Fish Pose

This is a derivative of Padmasana. It is one of the important asanas, to tone your back, throat and thorax region. It should always be done along with Sarvangasana.


1. Start off with Padmasana.

2. Slowly lie down without removing your legs from Padmasana Pose.

3. It is important to do this asana only on a yoga mat. Once your back is rested on the mat, hold the bid toe in each leg using your thumb and the first two fingers.

4. Now using your elbows as a lever, raise your chest

4. Move the crown of your head back to the floor. You should feel minor stress in the throat region.

5. You can start off with doing this asana for 20 seconds and gradually improve. It is important to get off this asana in a proper way. First you need to press the forearms in the floor, so that it would take the load and then slowly raise your head off the floor. Avoid jerky movements.


6. Release your legs from padmasana slowly. Lie down in savasana for 30 seconds before moving on to the next Modifications:

  • If you find it difficult to hold your head in that position, you can place a folded blanket under your head.
  • If you are comfortable doing the asana, then you can try this derivative. Bring your arms over your head and place it on the floor over your head. This will further improve your thoracic cavity and thereby improve your overall air intake.


This asana has numerous benefits. It acts as a cure to chronic back ache, if done along with Sarvangasana. It conditions the thyroid glands. It increases lung capacity which indirectly cures a lot of disease. This pose is also a good remedy for bad breathe. People with respiratory issues and diseases like asthma will benefit a great deal by this asana. However to derive full benefits of this pose one should be fully aware of their breathing and should take deep long and slow breathes while in the pose. This pose in combination with sarvangasana (shoulder pose) will make your spine supple. This also improves a persons vitality and vigor. (Make sure you do this asana only after cleaning your bowels and bladder).

Note: Avoid doing this yoga pose if you have any history of spinal injury.

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Ajithkumar, an Engineer and a management professional is the founder of He’s practiced Yoga and Pranayama for more than a decade, after learning it from his renowned guru Gireeshan. He has a keen interest in Ayurveda and Siddha medicine.

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