Rules and Benefits of doing Ardha Matsyendrasana
The spinal cord is one of the most important organs of the body which is actively or passively responsible for the better functioning of the whole body. There are some exercises that are necessary to evenly circulate the energy in the body. One of these is Ardha Matsyendrasana Yoga. This is one of the important yoga asanas which plays an important role in maintaining the health of the spine. Along with this, regularly practicing Ardha Matsyendrasana affects the overall health by activating the spinal cord.
What is Ardha Matsyendrasana?
According to mythology and yoga texts, this asana is named after the famous guru of the Navnath tradition, Rishi Matsyendra Nath because in this posture Yogi Matsyendrasana used to be engrossed in meditation and promoted this asana himself. This yoga asana is made up of four words i.e, “Ardha” means half, second is “Matsya” meaning fish, third being “Indra” which means God and last one is “Asana” meaning posture. During this yogasana, the body is folded from the waist. Hence , it is also called Vakrasana. Ardhamatsyendrasana is also known as Half Lord of The Fishes Pose.
Benefits of doing Ardha Matsyendrasana
- This asana provides flexibility and strength to the spine. It also improves its functioning.
- Back pain and stiffness are relieved by practicing this asana.
- This pose reduces the stiffness of the shoulders, hips and neck.
- It effectively circulates oxygen in the lungs.
- It is a medical remedy for easing slip disc.
- It improves the digestive system by massaging the abdominal organs due to which constipation, acidity, indigestion and other digestive problems are relieved.
- Regular practice of Ardha Matsyendrasana improves the functioning of the pancreas. It is also very beneficial for diabetes patients.
- It purifies the blood and enhances the immunity of the body.
Rules for doing Ardha Matsyendrasana
- Begin by sitting in Dandasana posture by laying a mat on the floor.
- Now keep both your hands straight on the ground. Simultaneously, while breathing inwards, keep your spine straight.
- Bend your left leg in such a way that it touches the ground while going above the knees of the right leg.
- Now bend your right leg and place it comfortably on the ground near the left buttock.
- After this, bring your right hand on top of the left foot and hold the toe of the left foot.
- Now while exhaling, bend the body as much as possible. Simultaneously, bend the neck in such a way that the eyes are focused towards the left shoulder.
- Now keep the left hand on the ground and keep breathing in normal posture.
- Remain in this posture for about 1 minute.
- Come back to your original state and then repeat the same process in reverse order.
Take these precautions while doing Ardha Matsyendrasana-
- This asana is very beneficial in mild slip discs but if there is a serious problem, avoid this asana.
- Do not practice it if there is any kind of injury or serious problem in the spine.
- People suffering from hernia or peptic ulcer should practice it very carefully.
- If someone has ever had brain, stomach or heart-related surgery, then they should avoid this yoga asana.
- Avoid its practice during pregnancy and menstruation.