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Matsyasana (Fish Pose) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • FeaturesMatsyasana (Fish Pose), and related poses such as Uttana Padasana (Extended Leg / Raised Legs)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; associated mythology, and more teaching considerations.

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

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“matsya” = fish

Matsya is also the name of a mythological incarnation of Vishnu

Uttana Padasana (Extended Leg Pose)

uttana = intense stretch

pada = leg or foot

Also known as: Raised Legs Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Backbend

Notes

Matsya, the Fish Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

This posture is dedicated to Matsya the Fish Incarnation of Visnu, the source and maintainer of the universe and of all things. – B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga 1975 p 102  link

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