Marichyasana

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Marichyasana (Sanskrit: मरीच्यासना; IAST: Maricyāsana, the pose of the sage Marichi) is a sitting twist asana in hatha yoga.

Etymology[edit]

Marichi, a Rishi and son of Brahma. Early 19th century watercolour

The name of the pose is from Sanskrit मारिची Marichi, the name of a sage in Hindu mythology, and आसन, asana, meaning posture or seat.[1]

Description[edit]

This twisting asana is normally performed sitting, and has several forms.

In Marichyasana I, one leg is stretched out straight ahead of the body, the other is bent with the sole of the foot on the floor and the knee up beside the body. The body is twisted towards the side with the straight leg, and the arms are clasped behind the back and around the raised knee. The body may then lean forwards until the nose and chin touch the straight leg.[2][3]

In Marichyasana II, the leg on the ground is folded as for padmasana (lotus), while the other leg is bent as in Marichyasana I; the body is twisted towards the leg on the ground, and the arms are clasped behind the back and around the raised knee. The body may then be leant forwards until the chin touches the knee that is resting on the ground.[4]

In Marichyasana III, the leg on the ground is stretched out straight. The body is twisted towards the side with the bent leg, and again the arms are clasped behind the back and around the raised knee.[5][6]

Marichyasana IV puts together the movements of Marichyasana II and III. The leg on the ground is folded as for padmasana; the body is twisted towards the raised knee.[7]

This asana may also be performed standing, the foot of the bent leg resting on the seat of a chair and the body turned across the bent leg to face a wall.[8]

Benefits[edit]

Standing Marichyasana is stated to be helpful in relieving backache.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mehta 1990
  2. ^ Mehta 1990, p. 63
  3. ^ Iyengar 1979, pp. 159-161
  4. ^ Iyengar 1979, pp. 161-163
  5. ^ Mehta 1990, p. 73
  6. ^ Iyengar 1979, pp. 254-257
  7. ^ Iyengar 1979, pp. 257-259
  8. ^ Mehta 1990, p. 70
  9. ^ Mehta 1990, p. 70

Sources[edit]

  • Iyengar, B. K. S. (1979). Light on Yoga. Thorsons.
  • Mehta, Silva; Mehta, Mira; Mehta, Shyam (1990). Yoga: The Iyengar Way. Dorling Kindersley. pp. 63, 70, 73.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)