Pose Analysis : Marichyasana A -Dedicated to the Marichi


Rishi Marichi or Mareechi or Marishi (ṛṣi Marīci, ऋषि मरीचि) (meaning a ray of light) was the grandson of first Jain tirthankara Rishabhanatha and son of Bharata Chakravartin. He was the founder of Vedanta, hence he is believed by some as the son of Brahma. Some also consider him as one of the Saptarshi (Seven Great Sages Rishi). In another classification, Marichi is one of the ten Prajapatis, the ruler of people created by Brahma.

Begin in Dandasana.

Exhale. Bring the right heel in toward the right sitting-bone with the right knee pointed towards the sky. Ensure there is a palm sized space between the left thigh and the right foot.

Inhale. Engage Mula Bandha and Uddiyana Bandha. Place the left hand on the ground next to the left hip and raise the right arm to the sky. Exhale. Hinging at the hips, lower the chest to the left knee, reaching the right arm forward. Inhale. Lengthen the spine and gaze towards the left foot while wrapping the right around the right shin, while drawing the left arm around the back to clasp the right wrist. Exhale. Fold forward maintaining a straight spine and not letting the head submit to gravity.

Keep the extended leg active at all times, making sure to root the sitting-bones down.

Remain here for 5 deep breaths. Drishti to the toes.

If the hands cannot bind behind the back, feel free to use a strap or leave the hands on the floor next to the hips or hold the left foot with both hands.



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