Ardha Matsyendrasana Pose

Ardha Matsyendrasana Pose


A) Bend the right foot by the side of the left buttock (i.e., left leg is crossed over the right knee). The right foot is in front of the left knee; the left knee is raised near the chest.

B) With the right hand grab the toes of the left foot, ankle, knee, or floor. Place the left hand around the back; or place the palm on the floor by the left side.

C) Inhale; gently and slowly rotate the spine and head to the left as far as is comfortable. The hands can hold the position, or the position can be held with the stomach and back muscles. Breathe naturally.

D) Exhale, gently and slowly untwisting the torso to its original position.

E) Repeat the pose in the reverse direction.

Benefits: This pose channels prana (kundalini), awakening the chakras and the sushumna nadi. The posture also stimulates the navel or manipura chakra. This maintains the body, harmonizes underactive or overactive functions, and removes sluggishness and diseases arising from this condition. The posestrengthens the digestive fire (agni) and improves nutrient absorption. It prevents the crown-moon nectar (neurohormones of the pituitary and pineal glands that activate the endocrine glands) from being burnt up by the navel-sun heat. Thus, diseases of old age and death are prevented or slowed. This nectar is associated with the bindu (semen/ovum). The navel or manipura chakra is powered by Samana Vayu. This is responsible for nutrient and prana absorption from food and air. This absorbs Prana Vayu as well. Through this pose Apana Vayu and Prana Vayu are made to meet at the manipura chakra. They are combined, energized, and then moved into the sushumna nadí. The lower (animal) energies and the higher spiritual energies are united, and kundalini is awakened.

This asana  relieves diabetes, constipation, indigestion, urinary problems, nerve and nervous conditions; lumbago, rheumatism, slipped discs.

Organs Helped: Pancreas, liver, spleen, stomach, ascending and descending colon; the pose tones nerve roots, adjusts and realigns the vertebral column; back muscles are pulled and stretched.