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When the back bone has been bent in the forward direction in one asana, the next should be to bend the back bone in the backward direction. Hence after Sarvangasana this asana has to be done. As the name describes this asana is likely to be in the form of a fish.



  1. Spread a blanket folded length-wise.
  2. Sit on it in the usual manner.
  3. Have the legs in the Padhmasana pose.
  4. Gently lie down.
  5. Place the hands under the head palms facing the head.
  6. Then bend the back bone and also the head. In bending the neck great care has to be taken so that the neck may not develop sprain.
  7. I have found a nice way to understand the angle to which the neck is bent. When we are lying down we see the portion of the roof. If the neck is bent backward our vision falls on the pictures or clock on the wall. If it is still bent our vision falls on table or something below the clock etc. If this process is suitable to you, you can also adopt this.
  8. Then slowly come to the original position.

This asana can be practiced in another way also. Padhmasana position can be had after lying down.

Fruit of Asana

This asana is a cure for many diseases. This increases the digestion power to a great extent chest troubles, Asthma, etc. are cured. Since the throat and bronchial portions are broadened more fresh air is intaken. The glands in the neck portion are nourished.

Note: Instead of placing the hands below the head some practise this asana in another way. The toes (of Padhmasana pose) are held by the fingers. If this is suitable method it can be practiced this way also.