Matsyasan – steps – Benefits

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Matsya is a Sanskrit word. It means fish. When we do this our body seems as if fish. That’s why this position has been called matsya position.


  •  Lie down on the floor on your back. Keep your legs straight. Do not bend them from the knees. Stretch your legs.
  • Bend your legs from your knees and place your feet on the floor.
  •  Now take a deep breath and try to lift up your body from your chest in the upward direction.
  • Slightly lift up your buttocks in the air and try to slide your hands below your buttocks.
  • Rest your buttocks on the upper side of your palms.
  •  Place your hands and elbows on the floor beside your body.
  •  Lift up your upper body away from the floor and try to remain steady in this position.
  •  Remember the crown of your head should rest on the ground. Do not put much weight on your head to avoid neck injury.
  •  Do not forget to breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Stay in this position for about 30 seconds and then release.
  • Repeat this activity 10 times every day.


  •  Helps relieve upper respiratory congestion as well as benefits the heart.
  •  The sinus are drained and opened from the inversion of the head, stretching of the neck and pressure placed on the top of the head.
  • The thyroid and parathyroid glands are stimulated as well.
  •  It stretches the muscles of your belly and also helps in toning the abdominal organs.
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