Fish Pose/ Matsyasana
Strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck.
Stretches and stimulates the organs of the belly and throat.
Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas) and the muscles (intercostals) between the ribs.
Foundation & General Alignment:
Start laying completely on back, bend elbows and bring up upper body. Support upper body with forearms.
There is a curve in back.
Top of head is resting on ground.
Neck is curved with head.
Chest is open and pressing upward.
Arms are pressing into ground for support. Hands are low towards hips.
Legs are engaged and pressing into ground, while feet are pointed outward.
Not enough curve in back, back does not come completely off of ground.
Shoulders are curved forward not allowing the chest to be open.
Legs are not fully engaged.
Legs can be bent upward.
Blocks can be used under back.