This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Episode – 14
“And now it is time for you to learn my own very special pose. It is called, Matsyasana, The Pose of Matsyesa. That’s me”, he said with a jolly giggle pointing one pink fishy finger from one of his four pink fishy hands. In the ancient legends before time itself, it was said that knowing the power and secrets of this pose could change the course of water and prevent great floods. In the human body, however, The Fish Pose, can increase the flow of energy up the spine, and help to irrigate the spine, in a sense, controlling the flow of water. There are several variations, all having a slightly different result and there is some room for personal expression in performing the pose, as long as it does not compromise its main principles. I will teach you the most simple version today.
Begin by reverently asking Vishnu’s permission to step onto his back as you have been taught. Then lay down on your back aligning your head to the top of your mat which is near Lord Vishnu’s. Take a deep breath, breathing through the nose and imagine that you are a great fish, just like me. Feel my energy, my life force, my prana, Gracie, breathe as if you were floating in the sacred waters of the greatest Mother of all rivers, The Ganges. Feel as if your body is rising up with each breath on a small wave and then sinking back down as the breath goes out, as if breathing through gills”.
Gracie did as she was told and felt a marvelous sense of freedom come over her as she floated over imaginary waves. She heard Matsyesa’s voice speak to her again. “Now place the palms of your hands on the mat under your hips so that your elbows are bent at 45 degree angles. Using your upper body’s strength, push your elbows carefully into the mat, while arching your back and sliding up onto the back of your head so that the back of your head is lightly resting on the floor, supported by your arms. Continue being a fish as you breathe through the nose. Concentrate on drawing the air into the upper nasal passages, where it will feel cool. Turn your eyes up to a single point as if looking to the top of your head to draw the energy upwards, which will clear your mind. Remember, Gracie, that where the eyes go, the prana or life force in the body follows. Remain in the pose for about three deep breaths, and on the last exhalation, slowly relax back onto the mat and finish by bringing the palms of your hands together in the Prayer Pose, first lightly tapping the space between your eyebrows with your thumbs and then bringing them to the center of your chest to complete the energy cycle. As you become more strong, you can hold this pose for as long as you like and for as long as it is pleasing to you. Remember to never strain or overdo a pose. Yoga is very powerful and a little of it goes a long way.”
To be continued . . . !
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Author, Speaker and Visionary, Acharya Sri Khadi Madama is the recipient of the Jewel of India Award, in New Delhi in 2009. You may visit her website at www.yourstrulyyogatv.com