This pose will help strengthen muscles between the ribs and frontal parts of the body particularly your abdomen, chest, neck and hip flexors. Considering these focal points, this pose increases flexibility, improves posture by benefiting respiration and relieves abdominal pains especially during PMS and menstrual cycle.
These focal points (also known as chakras or energetic points) will help you understand which pose will optimize health benefits. For maximum benefits, follow the instructions neatly and allow the fish pose to open the heart and flex the spine.
Heart, lungs and spine are not only essential to health but also to emotional well-being. Avoid poor posture, and practice backbends in a healthy routine aided by good diet. This will uplift your confidence and internal harmony.
Keep it Simple!
This is a Yoga Level 1 Pose, so keep it simple and don’t overburden yourself or your muscles.
- Start off by relaxing on your back with your legs straight and arms on your sides, palms down.
- Place your hands under your buttocks and arms tucked on your sides.
- Inhale and lift your chest by pressing your forearms and elbows on the floor.
- Your head, neck, upper arms and chest should create an arch of the floor.
- Rest the top of your head on the floor, maintaining the arch.
- Adjust your neck and back according to stiffness or pain. You can also place a folded towel under your neck and back for soft support.
- Hold the pose for a few breathes (3-7 breathes)
- To release, bring your head and neck back to the resting position and lower your back with ease.
Avoid this pose or replace it with the one that suits your health if you experience repeated back pains, abnormal blood pressure (high or low), and headaches or suffer from spinal injuries. Always consult your physician before creating an intense yoga routine.