Strengthen your Reproductive Organs Practicing Matsyasana

Matsyasana or Fish Pose is a reclining back-bending asana in hatha yoga. It is commonly considered a counterasana to Sarvangasana, or shoulder stand.

The Matsya bandha causes a stretching on the thyroid and parathyroid glands, thereby improving their function and counterbalancing the effects of the Jalandhar bandha.

Steps to perform Matsyasana:

  1. Begin with the Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
  2. Maintain a flat back. Make sure your arms are straight, with palms laid out on the mat.
  3. Gently, bring your palms in under your buttocks.
  4. Tip your head backwards slightly with your torso resting on the floor. Hold for a minimum of 30 seconds.
  5. Inhale and use your forearms to lift your chest, shoulders, upper back, and head off the mat.
  6. Bring the top of your head to rest on the mat and hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds.
  7. Return to the initial position.
  8. Relax and inhale.
  9. Repeat the process 6-8 times.

Benefits of Matsyasana

  • It stretches the intestines, liver, pancreas, bladder and other abdominal organs which improves their functioning and efficiency.
  • Reduces blood supply to the legs and redirects it to the reproductive and pelvic organs.
  • Stagnant blood around the vertebral column is drained.
  • Improves supply to the brain and face, also stretches the carotid artery.
  • The reproductive system is improved due to the increased blood supply.
  • Toning of the abdominal, thigh and intercostal muscles.
  • Toning of intercostals muscles help in deep breathing, so it is helpful in asthma and bronchitis.
  • It opens up the chest and lungs.
  • It is beneficial in Haemorrhoids
  • Increases circulation to the back which helps in backache and cervical spondylitis.
  • Boosts the immune system due to its effect on the thymus gland.
  • Loosens the spine and prevents round shoulders.
  • Loosens the legs and prepares them for meditation poses.


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