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Matsya Kridasana - flapping fish pose

Flapping Fish pose – Matsya Kridasana

I discovered Matsya Kridasana – flapping fish pose a few weeks ago, when I was creating a children yoga sequence to teach in the yoga teacher training course at Sampoorna yoga, and I directly fell in love with it. It’s a nice, relaxation asana and fits in every yoga sequence you make.

I use it now when I make sequences with animal poses, as a relaxation and counter pose after back bends in my yang and yin sequences (see bottom of article) and sometimes as an alternative for savasana.

Getting into Matsya Kridasana – flapping fish pose

  • Lie on your belly in a prone savasana
  • Bring your left knee in a 90 degree angle at the left side of your body. Your right leg should remain straight
  • Move your arms to the left; bending at the elbows and interlace your fingers. Bring your left elbow close to your left knee
  • Rest the right side of your head close to your right elbow
  • Stay in the pose as long as you want or as long as comfortable
  • Change sides

Benefits of Matsya Kridasana – flapping fish pose

  • Stimulates digestive peristalsis
  • Relieves sciatic pain
  • Relieves tension in the perineum

Yin Yoga sequence for the heart meridian with Matsya Kridasana

  • 03 Child pose with arms overhead
  • 03 Anahatasana: works on heart and lung meridians
  • 03 Sphinx (with bolster): works on urinary bladder and kidney meridians
  • 01 Matsya Kridasana
  • 02 Seal: opens door of life (between L2 & L3) where Jing energy is stored. Works on urinary bladder and kidney meridians
  • 01 Matsya Kridasana (other side)
  • 03 Caterpillar (paschimottanasana). Massages the heart. (Sit on block or head on bolster on legs). Meridian: urinary bladder
  • 02 Shoe lace right leg on top. (Modification stretch left leg). Cow face arms. Right arm behind back. Urinary bladder meridian
  • Counter pose Stretch arms overhead, interlacing fingers
  • Stretch legs, place hands behind and lean back
  • 02 Shoe lace left leg on top. (Modification stretch right leg). Cow face arms. Left arm behind back
  • Counterpose Stretch arms overhead, interlacing fingers
  • Stretch legs, place hands behind and lean back
  • 01 Butterfly with hands forward, palms up – stretch in under arms
  • Shake out
  • 01 Butterfly with hands forward, palms down – stretch in wrist
  • Shake out
  • 03 Butterfly. Meridians: kidneys and prostate
  • 02 Reclining Twist right – left arm next to ear: twists at the end of practice balances the nervous system and releases tension in the spine
  • 02 Reclining Twist left – right arm next to ear: Urinary bladder meridian, heart and lung meridians
  • Savasana

Want more? Check out my library of yoga poses or do them with me on YouTube.

Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / 
Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
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