Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Out with the old and in with the new! Welcome your true self and learn to let go of anything that doesn’t serve you, with this pose.
Warm up the spine with several rounds of Cat and Cow and seated forward folds, before entering into your variation of Half Lord of the Fishes.
Sitting tall with both legs straight in Staff pose (Dandasana), cross your right foot over your left thigh and place the sole of the foot on the ground, close to the outside of your knee.
Fold your left leg in, with your foot outside your right hip and place your right hand on the floor behind you.
Lift your left arm high and twist the torso from the navel, as you draw your elbow down on the outside of your right thigh. Keep length in the spine and hug the right thigh in closer to your body. If you can, bring your gaze over your right shoulder. This pose actives the Manipura or Solar-Plexus chakra, located above the naval and below the rib cage. This is where you should think about twisting from as you deepen in to the pose.
The simultaneous hugging and twisting sensation you get from this pose is your body squeezing itself from the inside out. The Manipura chakra is related to self-esteem, self-discipline and intuition. Compare this deep twist to you wringing out your life like you would a wet towel – letting the excess fall and trust that only what you need will remain. You have everything in life that you need, and the rest will take care of itself.
This pose also helps to squeeze the stomach, intestines and kidneys, improving digestion, while also stretching the shoulders, hips and neck.