Matsya = Fish
Asana = Pose
Benefits: This pose stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas) and the intercostal muscles between the ribs. It also stretches and stimulates the muscles of the belly and the front of the neck. It stretches and stimulates the organs of the belly and throat, strengthens the muscles of the upper back and the back of the neck and it also improves posture.
Contradictions: Practice with caution if you have high or low blood pressure, a migraine, insomnia or a serious lower-back or neck injury.
Know Your Asana: According to a traditional text, Matsyasana is the destroyer of all diseases.