Fish Pose is a back bending posture commonly performed after Shoulder Stand as a counter-pose. It is performed in Ashtanga yoga as a part of the closing sequence. The root word ‘matsya’ means fish. There are many variations of this pose from beginner to advanced.
This pose opens the heart and stretches the spine. The entire spine is arched off the ground, while the hips and crown of the head press down. The collarbones spread wide and the front of the throat is open. It is very stimulating for the heart, throat and crown chakra energy centers.