Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist Pose) Benefits

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardhamatsyendrasana is named after the great yogi Matsyendranath.  It is not easy to do this in the initial stages, hence seekers do it by making changes.  That is why changes have been made in it.  The modified form is called Ardhamatsyendrasana.  Ardhamatsyendrasana yoga has many important benefits.

‘Matsyendranath’ is considered the pioneer of Hatha Yoga.  This asana is half of Matsyedrasana.  Therefore it is called Ardhamatsyedrasana.  From the point of view of action, this asana brings twist in the spine.  That is why it is called spinal twist asana.This asana helps in improving the digestion process of the body, reducing back pain, and strengthening the body.

Ardha Matsyendrasana is an important asana of yoga that can help in improving our physical and mental health.  Regular practice of Ardha Matsyendrasana can increase the strength of your waist, thereby reducing back pain.

This asana helps in improving digestion and can help in strengthening the body.  Additionally, this asana can also improve mental health, as yoga asanas encourage meditation and inner peace.

Steps of Ardha Matsyendrasana

1. The method of doing Ardha Matsyendrasana is as follows.

2. First of all, spread a yoga mat in an open place and sit in Dandasana yoga posture.

3. Now bend the left leg and take it above the knee of the right leg and place it on the ground.

4. After that hold the toe of the left foot with the right hand.

5. Now while inhaling, bend your neck slightly to the left, as much as you can, do not use any force.

6. Meanwhile, keep your left hand on the ground.

7. Now you have come into Ardhamatsyendrasana (Vakrasana), wait for a while and then slowly come out of this posture.

Benefits of Ardha Matyendrasana

(1) Helps in weight loss:

This asana helps in strengthening the related muscles between the core and body in your waist, abdomen, and hips area, thereby helping in weight loss.

(2) Helps in controlling diabetes:

This asana can help in controlling diabetes, as it improves digestion.

(3) Relief from back pain:

This yoga asana helps in reducing back and waist pain and makes the spine flexible.

(4) Increases blood circulation:

This asana increases blood circulation in your body, purifies the blood, and detoxifies the internal organs.  This supplies blood to all the parts of the body.

(5) Peace to mental state:

Doing this asana improves your mental state.  Provides relief from stress and anxiety.

Please note that doing yoga asanas correctly requires proper and consistent practice and it is very important to do it under the guidance of a yoga guru.

Other benefits-

♦ This asana provides relief from back pain and other pain in the back muscles due to spasm in the muscles of the body.

♦ Increases the flexibility of the spine.

♦ The internal organs of the abdomen get massaged well.

♦ Gives strength to the nervous system and makes the vertebrae of the spine strong.

♦ Eliminates belly fat quickly.

♦ Massaging the pancreatic cells is very beneficial for diabetic patients.

♦ The function of adrenal gland, liver, urinary bladder and intestines increases.  Constipation goes away automatically.


♦ People suffering from slip disc, pregnant, heart patients, hernia and stomach ulcers should not do this easily.

♦ Keeping the body straight from the waist, rotate the body.

♦ This asana should not be practiced in case of severe waist pain or back pain.

♦ If you have any serious problem related to spine then do not practice this asana.

♦ If you have recently undergone any major operation then do not practice this asana.

♦ Do not practice it even in case of stomach ache or ulcer disease.


What are the benefits of Ardha Matsyendrasana?

Ardha Matsyendrasana is one of the best asanas which can help in improving the flexibility and agility of the body. It has many benefits for spine, kidney, urinary tract, heart, liver etc.

Which disease is cured by Ardha Matsyendrasana?

It can help keep your digestive system healthy and reduce physical and mental stress. It helps in strengthening your stomach, improving the functioning of kidney, liver and digestive system.

Who should not perform Ardha Matsyendrasana?

Pregnant women should not practice this asana. Individuals with back problems or pain should avoid doing this asana. People having heart related problems should consult a doctor before doing this asana. People having joint problems may find it difficult to practice this asana.

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