Yoga Training Course consists of various modules of yoga practices. Asana is one among them. A regular practice of different yoga poses contributes for the promotion of positive health of mind and body. Some poses are having a great therapeutic value. Ardha Matsyendrasana is one of the important twisting pose for maintaining the healthy spinal column. The texts on hatha yoga explain this pose as weapon for the group of chronic diseases.
Nomenclature: Matsyendra is the lord of fish. The sage Matsyendrnath is believed to have taught the classical Curriculum of Hatha Yoga to his disciples such as Gorakshanath. The full pose is an advanced pose, There for a modified version is practiced hence it is called as Ardha Matsyendrasana.
Procedure of the practice of Ardha Matsyendrasana
Take Sama sthithi. i.e Dandasana
- Exhaling bend the right the leg and place the foot outside the left knee. Inhale.
- Exhaling bend the left knee and place the sole to the right hip from outside.
- Inhaling raise the left arm up,
- Exhaling the catch the right big toe from outside of the right leg,
- Maintain the final position with normal breathing.
- Gaze at the right side while in the final position.
- Repeat the practice on another side after 5 breathing.
Precautions and Contraindications:
- It is not good for people suffering from hypertension and any other cardiovascular disorders.
- During menstruation and pregnancy women should not practice this pose.
- Consistency in the practice is more safe, Avoid the jerks while twisting.
- Keep the spine straight to the best possible extent.
- Don’t exert the pressure on the arms for the twisting purpose
Benefits of Ardha Matsyendrasana
- The spinal column is strengthened due to the alternate contraction and relaxation during the twisting of the whole spine. This used to rejuvenate the spinal nerves, muscles. Sluggish and stagnant blood is squeezed out of the spinal regions. Intervertebral discs are nourished. This pose is good for channelizing the pranic energy in the spine. Therapeutically it is useful in the prevention and management of a backache, neck ache as well as general body stiffness.
- The practice of this asana enhances the lung capacity. It helps to remove any tendency towards round shoulders, drooping or hunching because of shoulder movements alternatively.
- It is good for digestive organs, the pressure of the thigh and squeezing effect on the abdominal region improves the efficiency of the organs of absorption, assimilation and elimination effectively. This dveeopes the digestive capacity. Liver, spleen intestines are massaged during this pose to enhance their functional capacity. Common digestive disorders are relieved through this pose.
- Tones the reproductive system.