Named after the sage Marichi (aka Ray Of Light), this series of Ashtanga Primary Series hip openers inhibits our tendencies to push ourselves too deep into poses by the asana’s binding aspect, while opening our hips/shoulders, and offering numerous physical, mental and therapeutic benefits.
Maichyasana poses consists of 4 variations (A,B,C and D) progressing from forward bends to deep twists. The variation featured here is A, which helps open the hips as our bodies prepare for Marichyasana B,C and D.
- Aids digestion
- Opens hips and shoulders
- Strengthens and stretches the spine
- Tones the waist
- Stretches intercostals (muscles between ribs)
- Stretches hamstrings
- Stimulates digestion and metabolism
- Stimulates and energizes
- Relieves mild backache
- Relieves hip discomfort
AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:
If you are new to this pose, you may find it helpful to sit on a support such as a block, blanket or bolster. If you can’t initially bind your hands behind your back, use a strap.
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