Matsyendrasana Spinal Twist Lord of the Fish Pose

Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. Bend your left leg and place your foot on the floor next to your right thigh. Place your right arm around your left knee and

hold your right knee while twisting your spine to the left. Hold this position, breathing easily. With every exhalation, allow yourself to surrender into the pose.

Return to the midline and repeat the posture on the other side by bending your right leg and placing your right foot on the floor next to your left thigh. Place your left arm around your right knee while twisting your spine

to the right. Again, breathe easily into the pose, using your breath to increase your flexibility. As you become more flexible, reach around and grasp the ankle of the foot that is placed on the floor. Hold for ten seconds, then return to center.

Close your eyes for a few moments and put your attention on your spine. Envision the life force flowing up from the base of your spine through your pelvis, into your abdomen, up through your heart, through your throat, between your eyes, and into your head. Imagine the thousand-petal lotus flower at your crown chakra opening. Activate the intention to live your life from a more expanded state of awareness as a result of energy flowing freely through your body.

According to Vedic mythology, Lord Shiva was instructing his consort Parvati on the essence of yoga on the shore of a remote island. Shiva noticed that a fish was listening intently to the discourse. Moved by the fish's concentration, Shiva gave a blessing over the aquatic animal, enabling it to assume a celestial form, whom Shiva named Matsyendra, or Lord of the Fishes. This pose is named in honor of this unusual sentient being.

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