Matsyasana - The Fish Pose
This reduces the stiffness in the muscles around cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. It also strengthens the lungs. A good exercise to improve the health of asthma patients.
How to do Matsyasana?
Lie down flat on your back. Keep your feet together.
Place your hands on the floor, palms facing downwards. Move your hands beneath your thighs, close to your buttocks.
Keep your forearms firmly on the floor and lift your chest up by weighing down on your elbows.
When your chest is off the floor, lower your head back till it touches the floor.
Ensure that your elbows, and not your head, bear the weight of your torso.
Breathe evenly as your body is now an arch. Maintain the posture for around a minute.
To unwind from the posture, lift your head off the floor and straighten your back.
Now, lower your torso completely onto the floor. Relax your body.