Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

 Matsyasana – Fish Posture


  • Lie supine on the floor with the hands extended along the body and the feet together.
  • Raise the legs upto 90 degree, by keeping the knees straight.
  • Press the palms against floor, raise the trunk by bending the legs towards the head and touch the toes on the ground.
  • Interlock fingers rest back of head straight.
  • Both legs straight and firm.
  • Stay for 10 to 20 seconds, keep breathing evenly and deeply.
  • By palms support lower the trunk and slowly come back to supine posture.


  • Deeply stimulates abdominal organs.
  • Gives good exercise to the thyroid glands.
  • Gives a good stretch to the spinal column, thus it builds a strong and supple supine.



(matsya – fish)


  • Come to supine posture, by bringing legs together, arms beside thi
  • Now adopt padmasana with support of both hands.
  • Place palms above shoulder press against floor, lift head neck, chest, spine and make arch on your back.
  • Grasp big toe with thumb, index, middle finger, press elbows down, close to body, and give minimum pressure to head region.
  • Stay in this posture for 10 to 30 seconds, breathe normally.
  • Release toes and palms supporting above head, and release head, neck, trunk on ground, unfold both legs release padmasana.
  • Come back to Savasana and relax.
  • Lie on your back on the floor, in savasana(corpse pose)


  • A traditional text Gheranda Samhita (2:21)says that Matsyasana is the destroyer of all diseases
  • Strengthen your entire back, neck region.
  • Helps in balancing the function of the thyroid gland.
  • Effective for diabetes, asthmatics and back problems.




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