Sunday, September 9, 2012

Matsyasana (Fish Pose) stimulates your heart, throat and crown chakras



Matsyasana (Fish Pose) is described in classical yoga texts as the 'destroyer of all diseases' and is truly one of the most beneficial among restorative poses as it rejuvenates the thyroid and parathyroids.
Some texts also claim that it can reverse the aging process.
For this and other benefits listed below, i believe that it is an excellent pose to practice during the menopause, unless you suffer from insomnia and migraine.

In this pose you get extra blood flow in, and around the brain, helping with memory and clearer thinking.
Because it stimulates endocrine glands, it can help those whose weight gain and fatigue is caused by endocrine disorders.

If emotional blocks are hindering your path to freedom and self-knowledge, or have an adverse impact on your relation with others, Matsyasana targets three important chakras, the Heart, Throat and Crown chakras. A blockage in these chakras can lead to self-hate, lack of empathy and compassion, inability to communicate effectively and express your emotions.

Practice with caution if you suffer from:

High or low blood pressure
Migraine
Insomnia
Serious lower-back or neck injury.

Beginners should perform this pose with their knees bent, back supported on a thickly rolled blanket or a block between their shoulder blades and head resting on a folded blanket or block. Be sure your head rests comfortably and your throat is soft.



INSTRUCTIONS:
Lie on your back with your legs together.
Bring your arms underneath your body with the elbows as close together as possible. The palms should be facing down and as far underneath the thighs as possible.
Inhale and push with your arms lifting your head, neck, chest and back off the floor. The hips should remain on the floor.
Arch your back and try to bring the crown of your head as close to the floor as possible by curving the spine.
In the ideal position, the head should be lightly resting on the floor. The weight of the body should be on the hips and elbows. The legs should be as relaxed as possible, but kept together. The neck and face should be relaxed, shoulders pulled away from the ears.
Once in the proper position, take deep abdominal breaths to help expand the lung capacity.
Hold the asana for 30 seconds at first and work up to 3-5 minutes.

To come out of Fish Pose, inhale deeply and lift your head a little, straightening it out behind you. Lie down and bring your arms out from underneath your back. Relax in Savasana (Corpse pose).

BENEFITS:
• Opens the chest, heart and lungs and front of the body
• Increases flexibility in the spine (in this case cervical spine in particular)
• Strengthens the arms and shoulders
• Gives energy and is rejuvenating
• Makes the mind alert and active
• Increases circulation
• Combats depression
• Slows down degeneration of the spine
• Stimulates digestion (especially pancreas)
• Stimulates endocrine glands – thyroid, thymus, and adrenals as well as pancreas.

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