Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)
Arda = Half · Matsya = Fish · Indra = Lord
Massages your lower abdominal organs; strengthens your lower back
Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with your legs stretched out in front of you. Bend your left leg, bringing your calf against your thigh. Lift your hips slightly off the mat, and place your left foot under your buttocks so your foot is horizontal and your toes point to the right. (The outside edge of your left foot will be on the mat.) Sit on your left foot. (You can think of this foot as a small saucer and your buttocks as the teacup.) If balance is too precarious or if your foot hurts, place a folded blanket between your foot and seat.
Cross your right leg over your left, and place your right foot beside your left thigh so that the outside of your right ankle is close to the outside of your left thigh. Your right foot and left knee should point forward. Keep your hands by your sides with your fingertips pressing down until you feel balanced. Once you feel stable, place both hands on your right knee, and press down through your hands and right foot.
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