Supta means “reclined” and Matsyendrasana refers to the “Lord of the fishes seated twist”
A supine twist is a beautiful pose to open up the thoracic spine and the heart, to stimulate the digestive system and internal organs and to detox the body. Also deeply relaxing, the posture is restorative and practiced towards the end of a session before the final relaxation called Savasana. Unless you are suffering from sacroiliac issues, herniated lumbar disc or hiatus hernia, it is accessible to everyone and the safest way to practice a spinal twist whilst avoiding injury since the floor offers a great alignment for the spine.
*Note there is a variation for pregnancy which we will be exploring.
*Note you can place a pillow or bolster underneath the knee for support if desired.
Instructions for Pregnancy. During pregnancy, it is important to protect the growing belly, especially during the later trimesters. Therefore the supine twist in this case must happen in the upper part of the body.
Remember that as a pregnant woman, only you know what feels right for you and what does not. So please always use your own judgement and adjust as much as needed.
Enjoy the practice :)
Blue Karma Wellness
Written by Johanna Pollet (E-RYT 500hr Experienced Yoga Teacher)