Matsyendrasana: dedication to Yogi Matsyendranath

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The popular Matsyendrasana or the full spinal twist pose is dedicated to the great Yogi Matsyendranath who founded the Hatha Yoga. It is believed that Lord Shiva first revealed about the magnanimous world  of yoga to Goddess Parvati. Incidentally, this story was overheard by a crocodile who died and was reborn as Yogi Matsyendranath, he later spread the knowledge of Hatha Yoga through Gorakshnath. Interesting 🙂

Benefits of Full spinal twist pose:

  • It tones nerves of the spine
  • relieves lumbago and muscular spasms
  • alleviates digestive ailments
  • regulates the secretion of the adrenal gland, liver and pancreas, and is beneficial for the kidneys
  • also aids in curving that waistline 🙂
** The versions depicted above are based on a Yogini’s  ability to attain a comfortable posture. Both have almost the equivalent effects on the body. 

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