Introduction:Nomenclature of the posture

In Sanskrit the word Matsya means fish. The final pose of this asana resembles the shape of a fish. Hence the name. It is an excellent position for floating in water for prolonged periods of time.

Classical reference of the posture:

Muktapadmasanam krtva uttanasayanam caret
Kurparabhyam sivo vestyam rogaghanam Matsyamasanam

Assuming the Mukta Padmasana (without crossing of the hands) lie supine surrounding the head by the two elbows. This is Matsyasana destroyer of diseases


• Sit in Padmasana.
• Slowly take the help of your elbows to lie down on your back.
• Slowly lie on your back completely.
• Now with the help of elbows or palms bend your head backward and place crown of the head on the ground.
• Catch the toes with your index fingers and place elbows on the ground.
While returning to the position release the toes and taking the help of your hands straighten you head.

Salient points:

This is an excellent posture to float on water for a longer period of times and is counter pose for all the forward bending asanas.
It helps to greatly ease away tension.



People who suffer from peptic ulcer, Hernia or any serious spinal ailments should not do matsyasana without expert guidance.

Benefits of the fish pose
Matsyasana gives an excellent massage of the abdominal organs. This asanas loosen up the spine and removes any tendency towards round shoulder ness.
The pelvic region is given a good stretch. This is useful for ladies in preventing or relieving various forms of malfunctions of reproductive system
It is good asana for people who suffer from Asthma, bronchitis or any other lung
It relieves constipation and improves digestion.