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Pose Name: Sitting Half Spinal Twist

Indian Name: Ardha Matsyendrasana

Benefits:
• Makes spine supple • Increases the elasticity of the spine • Opens the chest and increases the oxygen supply to the lungs

Precautions:
•This asana must be avoided during pregnancy and menstruation as it entails a strong twist at the abdomen • People who have recently undergone abdominal, heart or brain surgeries, should not practice this asana