This is a reverse posture of Matsyasana, hence it is called Viparita Matsyasana. This is called Supta Padmasana also.
- Lie on the left side of the body.
- Place both legs in the position of Padmasana.
- Then lie on the chest and abdomen.
- Bend the neck to the back and put the chin on the ground.
- Hold the toes with the thumbs and index fingers of the hands.
- Inhale slowly. Hold this position for eight to ten seconds.
- Gradually, increase the time to the limit of ten minutes.
Advantages of Viparita Matsyasana :
- This asana broadens the chest and strengthens the lungs. It gives the maximum benefit to the spine with the minimum effort.
- The regular practice of this asana exercises the joints of the neck as well as the large and small joints of the body. It tones up the muscles.
- It eliminates the diseases such as constipation, gas-trouble, indigestion, cold, tuberculosis, asthma and dysentery.