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Prone Fish Posture/ Pose, Adho Matsya Asana, Adha Matsy Asan


In this asana posture the shape of the body appears similar to fish in the water. Such a statement is bold, as the fact is, we don't recognize the posture as fish but one can float on the water without any movement in this asana.

How to reach the stretch

  • Lie down on the ground on your back in shavasana .
  • Now, keep your buttocks on the floor, inhale and raise the head, shoulder, back and the upper arms off the floor arching the back and raising the chest up.
  • Tilt your head back and place the top of the head flat on the ground.
  • Now, raise your elbows off the floor and bring your hands up just below your chest and join them at the palms with the fingers pointing straight up (or we can say, in Anjali mudra).
  • Then breathe gently through the nostrils to remain longer in the pose.

How to release the stretch

    When you think it’s enough for you or you feel tired then come back to shavasana.


  • This asana increases the size of the rib cage.
  • Make the neck flexible and strong.
  • It widens the wind pipe and thus helps deep breathing.
  • Good effects on the facial tissue.
  • Correct the disorders of the spine.


  • This asana can also be tried with padamasana but the beginners should not do this with padamasana because first one will be easier for the beginners.
  • The persons who have migraine, high or low blood pressure and serious neck or back injury.

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