Fish Pose or Matsyasana (from the Sanskrit matsya: 'fish', and asana: 'posture') is a backbend. From a supine position, the practitioner arches the chest by rising up on the elbows, drawing the shoulders back, and lengthening the neck. In more advanced variations, the top of the head may gently rest on the ground, but no weight should be applied upon it. The legs are usually kept straight, but can also be lifted of the ground with toes pointed. Fish pose is commonly used as a counter posture to shoulderstand.