Half Lord of the Fishes Yoga Pose
overview

Half Lord of the Fishes Yoga Pose is a seated twist pose that targets the shoulders and lats and is ideal for yogis and yoginis at an intermediate level.

svadhistana – the sacral chakra
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How To Do Half Lord of the Fishes Yoga Pose
  1. Start in a sitting position with your legs extended straight in front of you. Your palms should be flat against the floor on either side of you.
  2. Bend your knees towards your body until your feet are flat on the floor.
  3. Slide your left foot under your right leg until it rest against the outside of your right thigh.
    Move your right foot over your left leg and plant the sole of your flat on the ground, outside of your left hip. The right knee should be pointing up towards the sky.
  4. Place your right hand flat against the floor behind you. Place your left arm (upper arm, just above the elbow) on your right leg (outside of the thigh, close to the knee, lower arm pointing up towards the sky).
  5. Move your torso so your right knee is as close to the body as comfortable.
  6. Lean your upper torso back and continue to twist the torso to the right, tucking your chin in close to your shoulder.
  7. Take deep breaths and continue to lengthen the spine towards the tailbone.
  8. Stay in position for five to ten breaths.
Notes
  • Breathe deeply through each step.
  • This is one of the more advanced asanas, so take your time to do it properly.
  • Ask for help from an instructor if you feel like you’re not getting it or if it feels uncomfortable. This pose in particular is more advanced and beginners should always have a seasoned instructor on head when attempting it.
  • Listen to your body, if something feels wrong it’ll let you know.
  • Don’t overdo it. Greater flexibility and strength develop over time, pushing too hard before your body is ready can lead to injury.
Tips
Sit on a small pillow or folded towel/blanket. This is not only more comfortable, but it encourages better posture.
Stretches & Strengthens

All Muscles: Shoulders, lats, spine, hips
Target Muscles: Shoulders, lats, spine

Health Benefits of Half Lord of the Fishes Yoga Pose
  • Therapeutic for back aches and menstrual discomfort.
  • Can restore and/or improve spinal range of motion.
  • May improve digestion.

Sanskrit Name & Meaning

Sanskrit Name & Meaning

Ardha Matsyendrasana

(ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna)

ardha: half, one part
Marsyendranath: Lord of the Fishes and a founder of the school of Hatha Yoga
asana: posture

History & Mythology

History & Mythology

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