Matsyendrasana is named after a great saint called ‘Matsyendranath’. This pose is known to be beneficial in improving the function of the pancreas and therefore good for diabetics.
Stepwise instructions for doing this asana:
- Sit down with your legs stretched forward.
- Bend your left leg and place the left foot flat on the floor.
- You should place it outside the right knee.
- The toes of your left foot should be facing forward.
- Now, bend your right leg and bring your right foot around to the left buttock. The outside edge of the foot should be touching the floor.
- Pass your right arm through the space between your chest and the right knee, and try to hold the left foot or ankle with your right hand. (If you are a beginner and unable to reach the ankle, you can hold the right knee joint). Your left knee should be close to the right armpit.
- Sit straight as much as possible.
- Place your left arm on the ground behind your back as close to your body as possible and keep your spine erect (a beginner can place his/her hand away from their body to maintain the balance).
- Slowly, twist your trunk and the head backwards (a beginner can look forward initially).
- Ensure not to strain your back.
- Maintain this position as long as possible. However, do not overdo the practice.
- You can repeat on the other side now.
- This asana stretches the muscles, increases the elasticity and improves the flexibility of the spine.
- It reduces abdominal fat, tones the abdominal organs, improves appetite and digestion.
- It loosens the hip joint.
- This asana is beneficial in people with diabetes and helps in relieving indigestion, constipation, urinary and menstrual disorders.
- Increases the concentration power.
- Enhance emotional stability.
- Women during their menstruation or pregnancy should not practice this asana.
- People with a hernia, abdominal or spinal surgeries/injuries should avoid this practice.
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