Ardha Matsyendrasana

Yoga. It is said that Matsyendranath was the disciple of Lord Shiva.

Technique of Ardha Matsyendrasana:

  • Place the right heel near the anus (buttock) below the testicles.
  • Do not move the heel from this position.
  • Bend the left knee and put the left ankle on the outer side of the right knee.
  • Let the right armpit rest on the outer side of the left thigh.
  • Now push the knee backwards so that it touches the back part of the armpit.
  • Then hold the toe of the left foot with the right hand.
  • Twist the spine slowly exerting force on the joint of the left shoulder.
  • Let the spine be twisted to the left side as far as possible.
  • Turn the head to the left side as far as it can go.
  • Bring it to the line of the left shoulder.
  • Take the left hand backwards and try to hold the right thigh with it.
  • Keep the spine erect. Remain in this position for five to fifteen seconds.
  • Repeat the same in reverse by twisting the spine to the right side.
  • This asana makes the spine twist completely.

Advantages of Ardha Matsyendrasana:

  • Ardha Matsyendrasana stimulates appetite.
  • It awakens the Kundalini and stabilizes Chandra nadi.
  • It makes the spine elastic. It massages the abdominal muscles and organs.
  • It adjusts and corrects the displacement of the vertebrae, rejuvenating the blood circulation in that part of the body.
  • It helps one in practicing Pashchimottanasana.

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