Working on getting betta at Padma-Matsyasana?
This version of Fish pose is an advanced variation than the ordinary Fish & would suggest only trying out this version until you can hold the full Lotus position comfortably for a long period of time. Haven't mastered Lotus pose yet? Practice the traditional Fish Pose below.
Tips & Tricks
Be sure to tuck your forearms and elbows up close to the sides of your torso.
In step 2, press your scapula into your back and, with an inhale, lift your upper torso and head away from the floor.
Press your thighs down firmly on the floor to help you lift your chest higher in the pose.
Keep your neck extended and comfortable throughout the pose & be careful not to bring your head back so far that you strain your neck.
Lastly, remember that it doesn't matter how deep your back bend is! Visualize distributing the curve of your spine evenly & keep your breath moving steadily throughout the pose.
Both versions have these awesome benefits:
- Stretches your chest & throat
- Increases flexibility to your spine
- Strengthens your spine
- Lifts your heart & lightens your mood!
But why is it called Fish Pose?
Apparently it is said that if you try this pose in the water, you will float!