ETYMOLOGY: MATSYENDRA is a term referring to the lord of the fish, and ARDHA means half.

GENERAL GUIDELINES: MATSYENDRASANA and ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA are asana-s bearing this name because the great yogi MATSYENDRANATHA used to practice them most of his time.

ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA is a pose unique in Hatha Yoga, as it transmits to the spine two ways of spinning, to the left and to the right.