Benefits:
•    Increases the elasticity of the spine, tones the spinal nerves and improves the functioning of the spinal cord.
•    Stretches the muscles on one side of the body whilst compressing the muscles on the other side.
•    Relieves back pain and stiffness from between the vertebrae.
•    Useful for slipped disc.
•    Massages the abdominal organs and increases the digestive juices making it useful for loss of appetite and constipation.
•    Useful for diabetics, with concentration on the pancreas.
•    Regulates the secretion of bile and adrenaline.
•    Relieves tension that may have built up in the back from forward and back bending asanas.
•    Opens the chest and increases the oxygen supply to the lungs.
•    Loosens the hip joints, relieving stiffness.
•    Releases tension in the arms, shoulders, upper back and neck.
•    Increases purification of the blood as well as the internal organs.
•    Improves round shoulders.
Therapeutic applications:
Diabetes / Constipation / Anorexia / Cervical Spondylitis / Indigestion / Urinary tract disorders / Menstrual disorders
Precautions and Contra-indications:
•    Should be avoided during pregnancy and menstruation due to the strong twist in the abdomen.
•    People with Heart, abdominal or brain surgeries should not practice this asana.
•    Care should be taken for those with peptic ulcer or hernia.
•    Those with severe spinal problems should avoid and those with mild slipped disc can benefit but in severe cases it should be avoided.
Duration:
To begin with this asana may be held for only a short time but should gradually be built up to 2 minutes. After more practice it can be held for up to 5 minutes on each side.

 


Comments

Ardha Matsyendrasana is just an amazing thing to do. An ancient Indian technique that not only gives a perfect tone to whole body but also known to cure many genetic and dangerous diseases like Diabetes, Constipation, Anorexia and Cervical Spondylitis. Really loved the article though. Truly amazing.

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