Matsya Kridasana (Flapping Fish Pose)


Matsya Kridasana, also known as the Flapping Fish Pose, is a yoga posture that involves lying on the stomach with one leg bent sideways and the head supported on interlocked fingers. This pose resembles a flapping fish and offers various benefits for relaxation and stimulating digestion.


  1. Lie on your stomach with your fingers interlocked under your head for support.
  2. Bend the left leg sideways and bring the left knee close to the ribs.
  3. Keep the right leg straight.
  4. Swivel your arms to the left and rest your left elbow near the left knee.
  5. Rest the right side of your head on the crook of your right arm or a bit further down the arm for comfort.
  6. Relax in this final pose and, after a while, switch to the other side.


  •  Maintain normal and relaxed breathing in the static pose.


  • Practice Matsya Kridasana for as long as it’s comfortable on both sides.
  • It can also be used for sleeping and resting, making it ideal for relaxation.


  • Physical: Focus on relaxing the entire body and observe your breath.
  • Spiritual: Direct your awareness towards Manipura Chakra (solar plexus chakra).


  • Stimulates digestive peristalsis, aiding digestion.
  • Relieves sciatic pain by relaxing the leg nerves.
  • Can be used as a counterpose after practicing backward bending asanas.
  • Relaxes tension in the perineum.
  • Particularly beneficial for pregnant women in the later months, as lying on the back may block circulation due to pressure on major veins. This posture provides comfort for relaxation, sleep, or yoga nidra. Using a pillow to support the bent knee and head can enhance comfort.

Practice Note

  • Matsya Kridasana can be a gentle and effective way to relieve tension and promote relaxation, especially for those who may find traditional backbends challenging.

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