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I am looking for Matsyendrasana. Your site shows ardha matsyendrasana (half spinal twist) but i could not find the full pose, do you have it?


I love this pose! Isn't it "fish" instead of "fishes?"

MaryEllen York

When you actually twist the spine it should not lengthen. It will actually shorten. To practice a lengthening in the spine during a twist is harmful to the body. It is like anything you twist or ring out, it will shorten, like a towel or wash rag when you ring it out. It is the natural movement of twisting. You may sit up tall and lengthen before you begin your twist but you shouldn't lengthen during the twist.


Matseyendranath was reputed to be the first teacher of Hatha, Raja, and Laya Yoga. According to legend, he was swallowed by a fish that swam down to the bottom of the ocean, where Shiva was teaching one of his consorts. Through the belly of the fish, Matseyendranath heard Shiva's teachings and received a mantra. Because of this, Shiva had to accept Matseyendranath as his disciple. Matseyendranath practiced in the belly of the fish for 12 years, and was then disgorged on dry land. As I hear it, most sages disliked fame, but their students named asanas after them anyway.


What is the source for this name?


Thanks. It would have been more helpful if there is a video.


That would make more sense, since its spelled differently from matsyasana and looks totally different.


Go mukhasana is similar to this.


I like this pose it releases good energy.I can't wait to read more.

Marcus Felicetti

Wrong! It is not named after a fish. It is name after the person who invented the pose - Prince Matsyendra of Bengal.

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