This is one of my favourite twists. It’s simple and pretty much safe.
Name:Ardha = half. Matsyendra is actually a historical person. He was a north Indian sage thought to have co-founded Hatha Yoga.
Important: Your arms are positioned to keep you stable, not to move you. Don’t push yourself into the posture using your arms or you might dislocate your rib joints. Twist from the spine and then position the arms. Look over your shoulders but don’t twist your neck too much, the focus of this posture is the spine twist, not the neck. Top shin should be vertical.
If you find this posture difficult, keep the bottom leg extended in front of you with the foot active.
Stretches the upper back, shoulders, spine, chest, neck and buttocks.
Opens the hips.
Strengthens the shoulders, neck, spine, harmstrings and abs.
Good for the liver, kidneys and other abdominal organs.
Helps backache, piriformis syndrome, sciatica and digestion.
Helps with PMS and it's safe for women while on their period.
Believed to awaken kundalini.
Be very careful twisting if you have back or spine injury.