Welcome to Day 5 and the final day of “Yoga For Back Strength”.
Matsyasana/Fish pose is an amazing pose for intermediate-level Yogis. It open ups the chest and gives a desired arch to the backbone. It also targets and strengthens your neck and spine.
Let’s see how to perform this asana:
- Lie down on your back
- Place your hands palms down under your buttocks for support
- Raise your legs and thighs in a straight line upto 45 degrees, toes pointed out
- Now, extend your neck and try to place the crown of your head on the floor. Arch your neck and back and simultaneously raise your chest
- Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds. Keep breathing normally
- Come back to the normal position and relax
- Repeat this 5-8 times
- Gives calmness to your mind, decreases the level of anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue
- Improves your posture
- Stretches and tones your abdominal region
- Stretches and strengthens your chest, thus helping with respiratory problems
- People who have suffered head or neck injuries should avoid performing this asana
- If you feel some pain or strain, pause the Asana and take your partner’s help for improvement
TIP OF THE DAY:
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Author: Dr. Prajakta Jawalkar
(“Yoga with Dr. Prajakta” will be back on Monday with a new series of Yogasanas).