Asanas: Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha means half and Matsyendranath was the first yogi to teach this asana to the world.

  • This asana stimulates the appetite and awakens the Kundalini.
  • It also increases the elasticity of back muscles and abdominal muscles and improves blood circulation too.


  1. Sit on the floor, bend the right leg at the knee and place the right heel near the buttock below the perenium.
  2. Bend the left knee, place the left ankle on the outer side of the right knee.
  3. Rest the right armpit on the other side of the left thigh.
  4. Gently push the knee backwards to touch the back of the armpit and hold the toe of the left foot with the right hand.
  5. Exhaling, twist the torso backwards to the farthest possible, putting force on the left shoulder.
  6. Turn the head also towards the left and look ahead. The neck and left shoulder should be aligned.
  7. Move left hand backwards and hold the right thigh.
  8. Keep the back, abdomen and chest erect.
  9. Remain in this posture for 30 seconds.

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