Ardha Matsyendrasana Precautions and Benefits

Jagdish Tandia

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Ardha Matsyendrasana(half lord of the fishes pose)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose): It is said that Matsyendrasana was composed by Guru Swami Matsyendranath of Gorakhnath. He used to meditate in this posture. Ardha Matsyendrasana has become popular in about half the activities of Matsyendrasana.

The ‘Ardha Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose)‘ means to bend or rotate the body in half. Ardha Matsyendrasana is extremely beneficial for your spinal cord. This asana helps in getting the right amount of oxygen to the lungs or is very beneficial for the genitals. This asana is related to the spine, so it should be done carefully.

Ardha Matsyendrasana steps

  1. Sit with the legs spread out towards the front, keep both legs together, keep the spine straight.
  2. Bend the left leg and place the left foot heel near the right hip (or you can also keep the left foot upright).
  3. Keep the right foot in front of the left knee.
  4. Place the left hand on the right knee and the right hand on the back
  5. Look at the waist, shoulders, and neck from the right side, turning from the right side.
  6. The spine should be straight.
  7. Keep this state, take long, deep simple breaths.
  8. Exhale, first loosen the right hand, then the waist, then the chest, and finally the neck. Sit up straight in comfort.
  9. Repeat the process from the other side.
  10. Exhale and return to the front.

Benefits of Ardha Matsyendrasana

  • The spinal cord is strengthened.
  • The lungs get the right amount of oxygen by spreading the chest.
  • Ardh Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose) increases the flexibility of the spine, which improves its efficiency.
  • Relieves backache and stiffness.
  • It opens the chest and increases oxygen supply to the lungs.
  • Reduces hip joints, and relieves stiffness in them. Ardh Matsyendrasana.
  • Reduces tension in arms, shoulders, upper back, and neck.
  • Ardh Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose) is therapeutic for slip-discs (but do consult a doctor before doing this asana).
  • Massages the abdominal organs and improves digestion, which results in constipation.
  • Ardh Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose) is beneficial for the pancreas, which is useful for diabetics.
  • Ardh Matsyendrasana is therapeutic for diabetes, constipation, cervical spondylitis, urinary tract disorders, menstrual troubles, and indigestion.


  1. Should not be used during pregnancy and menstruation.
  2. Those whose heart, stomach, or brain is operated on should not practice this asana.
  3. People with peptic ulcers or hernia should do this easily very carefully.
  4. If you have serious spinal injuries or problems, do not do this asana.
  5. Mild slip-discs may benefit from this asana, but in severe cases, it should not.