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Hello! Welcome to In the Moment with the Fish Pose to Open Your Heart!
May 18, 2012
In the Moment with the Fish Pose to Open Your Heart!
Classical Yoga Fish Pose
Most people dislike, or have a hard time doing the Fish Pose. It can be disorienting and uncomfortable, when done in the classical way as shown here in my first photo. Plus it is a difficult pose for those who are physically slumped forward.
Believe it or not, the Fish Pose is one of my favorite poses!
Alternative Fish Pose Preparation
Alternative Fish Pose pushing up from elbows.
The Fish Pose, done with props, enables you to relax into the Receiving aspect in a way that will refresh and stimulate you! So join me, with the suggested variations, so you too can enjoy the gift of Receiving, no matter what your physical fitness level!
You can make the pose much less difficult by lying on your back, with your elbows down on the ground at your side, forearms pointing upwards as shown in the photo to the left and above, titled, "Alternative Fish Pose preparation."
Then, taking a deep inhalation, push down with your elbows as you arch up your back, opening your chest and throat. Your head should touch the ground if you are able. Hold this pose while breathing deeply.
Alternative Fish Pose using a foam roller,
Alternative Fish Pose using a foam roller, progression #2.
If you don't have a foam roller, you can get a middle-of-the-road one at Amazon for about 20 USD. If you purchase one through my newsletter, I will receive a small commission from your purchase. I thank-you for supporting my website, and I promise, your body-mind-soul will thank you too! Just make sure you get the long, 36-inch one, and that it is NOT a half-round. You can do so much more with the longer one.
Alternative Fish Pose using a foam roller, progression #3.
Alternative Fish Pose using a foam roller, progression #4 with palms open.
If you feel comfortable with this beginning position, try rolling the foam roller down your back a few inches farther, like the photo entitled "progression #2."
Keep rolling down your upper back as you tolerate, to the 3rd position, just under the nipple line of your chest, at the middle of your back. Your head should now be able to rest on the floor, just like in the unsupported Fish Pose. This is the full chest-opening position. Look how much easier this pose is when you use the foam roller!
To make the pose even more open for you to receive Energy, turn your palms upward, as shown in progression #4, to allow even more Love to flow into your body, through your hands as well as your open chest!
Supported Fish Pose using cushions.
Hold this pose for as long as your heart desires, preferably 5 minutes for a full relaxation and receiving.
While holding the Fish Pose of your choice, you may wish to affirm, "In this moment, I am open to receive!" "My heart is open to Love that is abundantly available to me!" "I am filled with New Energy!" "I receive Love in this moment, that is there just for me! Or you may wish to create your own mantra for receiving the greatest gift of all - Love! This Love is abundant and free from God/the Universe, for all who open their arms and hearts to receive it for themselves.
When you receive this Abundant Love, you will be so full, that you will be able to pass it on to others, just as abundantly.
'May you relax and renew when you open your heart to receive Love. May you inhale in new, vital Energy when you spend this moment with your body!'