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)


“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


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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