The «fish» is the counter posture to the «shoulder stand» and «plough» and should be done following them. From the «relaxation pose», lift your upper back and shoulders and bend your neck back so that the top of your head rests on the mat. Relax your arms by your sides with your hands resting on your hips. Relax all of your body as much as you can in this position. Breathe with the abdomen.
Start with 30 seconds and increase according to guidelines previously expressed concerning the process of gradually increasing time and awareness of tense areas.
Beginners often find it easier to place their arms underneath them with the hands under the buttocks (palms down) so that they can support themselves with their elbows.
Consult your teacher concerning other variations for the positions of arms and legs.
People with high blood pressure should consult their teacher before doing this posture.
Contraindications: hernia, High blood pressure, detached retina, neck problems
Benefits: Relieves constipation and tones up muscles of throat and chest. Prevents forward stooping in old age. Releases excess mental tension in neck and shoulders. Stimulates thyroid.