This asana is named after the yogi Matsyendranath. The name is taken from the Sanskrit words ‘ardha’, which means half, ‘matsya’, which means fish, ‘Indra’, which stands for a king, and asana, which means posture. This asana is also called Vakrasana. ‘Vakra’ means twisted in Sanskrit. Some other names for this asana include the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose and the Half Spinal Twist. It is a seated spinal twist and has a whole lot of variations.
Twists are so good for us in so many ways. They detoxify, massage our internal organs, help with digestion and rejuvenate the spine. Twists in a yoga practice come in many different forms, for all levels of practice. Lord of the Fish is a simple seated twist that can be worked into the warm up or cool down (or both) of any yoga sequence. It’s also a great counter pose following backbends.
This new series will breakdown some of the most popular yoga poses you will see in most yoga sequences. Learning to do the individual pose correctly as well as how to modify the pose for your body or create more challenges for those who are more advanced will make your yoga practice more fun allowing you to experience the true benefits of yoga and most importantly prevent injury at the same time. Listen to the yoga pose breakdown and follow along. Check out my website where you can find more information about the pose.
Consult medical advisement before beginning any exercise regimen including yoga.
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