Yoga Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi III
overview

Yoga Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi III is a seated twist pose that targets the shoulders and is ideal for yogis and yoginis at an intermediate level.

manipura – the wisdom chakra
related poses
How To Do Yoga Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi III
  1. Begin by entering the Staff Pose (Dandasana), with your legs flat on the ground outstretched in front of you. Bend your right knee and bring your foot as close to your sitting bone as you can. Make sure your foot remains flat, actively pressed against the ground.
  2. Grip your right knee with both hands and straighten your spine. Place your right hand behind your right hip and use it to brace yourself.
  3. Exhale and twist your torso to the right. Wrap your left arm around your right knee.
  4. Breathe deeply and gradually deepen the twist.
  5. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Return to Staff Pose and repeat steps on the other side.
Notes
  • Breathe deeply through each step.
  • If you have a history of back or spinal injuries consult an instructor or doctor before attempting this pose.
Tips
Sit on a folded towel or blanket to help keep the back straight and lengthen your spine.
Stretches & Strengthens

All Muscles: Shoulders, spine

Target Muscles: Shoulders

Health Benefits of Yoga Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi III
  • May alleviate mild hip pain and backaches.
  • Stimulates inner organs.

Sanskrit Name & Meaning

Sanskrit Name & Meaning

Marichyasana

(mar-ee-chee-AHs-anna)

Marichi: a son of Brahma; ray of light, starlight
asana: posture

History & Mythology

History & Mythology

Sage Marichi was a son of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. After Brahma created the world he made ten sons from his mind to govern over the land and start procreating. One of those sons was Marichi. Marichi was the chief of a group of violent storm deities called the Maruts (Shining Ones). There are several different poses associated with Marichi. The third variation of the Pose Dedicated to Sage Marichi is often referred to as Marichi’s Pose.
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