How To Do Full Spinal Twist Pose (Purna Matsyendrasana), Benefits and Precautions

What is Matsyendrasana

The yoga pose Matsyendrasana is named after the great yogi Matsyendranath. Purna Matsyendrasana is the advanced version of Ardha Matsyendrasana. In English, it is called as ‘full spinal twist pose’. Most of the people can do ardha matsyendrasana easily. However, to perform purna matsyendrasana, there is a need of sufficient practice and flexibility thereby to skip injuries to the body. It is one of the excellent asanas for the health of spine and back. However, precautions should be taken by the person who initially starts in practicing of this pose.

 

How to do full spinal twist pose step by step

full spinal twist pose

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  • Sit on a flat surface.
  • Now, stretch both legs in front of the body.
  • Place the left foot on the right hip joint, as near the side of the waist as possible.
  • Bend the right leg and raise the knee.
  • Place the right foot on the left side of the left knee.
  • Carefully twist the spine to the right hand side.
  • Try to place the left armpit against the right side of the raised right knee.
  • Try to grasp the right ankle with the left hand.
  • Place the right arm behind the back.
  • This is the final pose.
  • Twist the head to the right.
  • Now inhale-exhale slowly
  • Maintain the pose as long as you can.
  • Now, slowly, return to the final position.
  • Do the same with another side.
  • This is the one round.
  • Do two to three rounds.

 

Breathing mechanism of full spinal twist pose

Try to exhale while twisting the body. One should breathe slowly while maintaining the pose in the final stage. Inhale while returning to the original position.

 

Preparatory pose

 

Counter pose

 

Points to remember

The following points one has to remember while performing this asana.

  • Avoid sitting on the heel; in fact place the heel in contact with the side of the buttocks.
  • There shouldn’t be motion in the back region in order to get the optimum result.
  • Don’t put undue strain on your spine.
  • Shoulders should be on same level.
  • In the final position, the back should be straight.

 

Cautions and precautions of full spinal twist pose

The following contradictions have to be taken care of while practicing purna Matsyendranath. It shouldn’t be practiced in

  • Peptic ulcers
  • Hernia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Spinal injury
  • Abdominal injury
  • Back pain
  • Women should not practice after two or three months of pregnancy.
  • It should be avoided during sciatica or slipped disc.
  • It shouldn’t be practiced in case of knee pain.

 

Benefits of Full Spinal Twist Pose

  1. The asana provides an excellent alternate compression and extension of back and spine nerves and muscles bringing them into the best possible health condition.
  2. The compression and twisting of the yoga pose ensure to squeeze out sluggish and stagnated blood from the spinal region and circulate the same to the heart and lungs for purification.
  3. It prevents the tendency of adjoining vertebrae to fuse together, which is more common among the elderly people.
  4. The pose is beneficial in the treatment of backache, neck ache and headache.
  5. It helps to reduce the body stiffness and increases the body flexibility.
  6. It helps to overcome the problems of round shoulders.
  7. The regular practice of this asana is good to treat mild cases of sciatica and slipped disc.
  8. It provides excellent massage to the abdominal organs and has been found useful for helping to treat ailments like diabetes, indigestion, rheumatism and constipation.
  9. It gives adequate twisting and compressing in the abdominal area. The regular practice of the pose helps to reduce belly fat. The asana is also beneficial for intestine.
  10. The asana is beneficial for adrenal glands, kidney, spleen and liver.

 

Anatomy of matsyendrasana

The muscles of various regions or organs are twisted, compressed and benefited from the practice of purna matsyendrasana.

  • Spine
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen

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