Fish Pose – The Destroyer of Disease
Fish Pose, also known as Matsyasana has a great nickname… it is called the Destroyer of Disease! In Hatha Yoga there are actually two very important poses which share that name of ‘Destroyer of Disease’. In addition to the Fish Pose, there is also a pose called Peacock (Mayurasana) that also is renown for benefits to health.
Fish Pose is the called the Destroyer of Disease because of it’s actions on the Thyroid Gland. The Thyroid Gland is known as a master gland because of the many important roles it plays in the body. The Thyroid gland produces many critical hormones that regulate the internal functioning of the body.
One of the main differences between Yoga Asana and other forms of exercise is how Yoga works on the endocrine system and the major glands. Postures like Fish Pose and also Shoulder Stand Pose act on the thyroid gland by forces of gravity and pressure. These changes stimulate the glands to work more effectively by recharging them with fresh blood and energy.
Exercise every day is one of the most important things we can do for our overall health. When this exercise regimen includes Yoga poses then the benefits are maximized. The more comprehensive the system of exercise is, the more valuable it is for the human body.
This is precisely why a well crafted sequence of Power Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga can have very powerful and beneficial effects of those who practice.