Half Lord of the Fishes Pose • Ardha Matsyendrasana

  • Mona Godfrey
Step-By-Step:

STEP 1 - Begin seated in staff pose with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee and cross your right foot over your left leg.

STEP 2 - Lean your weight into your right sitting bone and pull your left leg under, resting your left leg under your buttocks as a seat. Rotate your torso 90 degrees to the right, and set your left elbow on the outside of your right leg.

STEP 3 - Inhale, lengthen the spine. Exhale and twist deeper. If available, take the full pose by moving into the bind. To bind, weave your left arm through your right leg between the thigh and the calf. Wrap your right arm behind your back and reach for the left hand or wrist.

Target Area:

Spine

Therapeutic Focus:

Releives back pain.

Props & Modifications:

Extend bottom leg long if you have lower back or SI joint pain. 

Bring your hands to prayer pose at the heart. 

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