The fish pose offers an arch-ing stretch to the shoulders, neck, and back. It is usually practiced after some of the inverted postures such as the shoulder stand or plough, because it exercises and stretches these areas in the opposite direction. The fish pose also can relieve stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and chest.

Lie flat on your back with your legs straight and feet together. Place your open hands flat on the floor, palms down, just under your thighs, thereby rais-ing your lower body slightly off the ground. Breathe comfortably for a few moments and then inhale as you press down and in with your elbows, arch your back with care, and rest the top of your head on the floor (Figure 10-8).Pay attention to your back and do not cause pain. Breathe in and out as you try to relax more deeply, keeping your torso relaxed as well. When you feel ready, gently lift your head and drop your chin as you lower your body back down.