|Matsya-asana - The Fish Pose
|The Sanskrit word matsya means fish, therefore this is the fish posture. Matsya (depicted to the left) is a divine being, found in Hindu mythology, that saved mankind from a universal flood.
Regular practice of the baddhakona-asana stretches the knees and stimulates circulation in the legs. It should be practiced frequently until one is comfortable sitting in the padma-asana. The main areas of the body that are stimulated, besides the legs, are the stomach, pelvis and lower back. It is said to keep the kidneys, prostate and bladder healthy. The baddha-konasana is one of the few postures that can be practiced comfortably soon after eating.