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This week our peak pose was Marichyasana. This pose, named after the sage, Marichi, is a deep twisting, folding and opening seated position. It requires flexibility in a number of muscle groups including: hip flexors, hamstrings, gluteal, and calf. All the folding and twisting of this asana helps to keep the spinal muscles mobile as well as squeezes and flushes the internal organs with new oxygenated blood. Just be sure to be warmed up and careful with these poses. Never force yourself into a pose—that's a great way to severely injure yourself. This entire flow sequence is designed to help prepare our bodies for marichyasana. So, if your goal is to achieve this pose with ease, try working on this sequence at home, Enjoy yogis!
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Marichyasana A-D is part of the primary series of Astanga.
Below are all four poses and links to read more about the pose and how to achieve it.
SOURCE: Ashtanga Yoga Information
Marichyasana E-H is part of the fourth series of Astanga.
Below are all four poses and links to watch videos of Kino Macgregor working into and out of each.
SOURCE: Kino Macgregor
Who is Marichi?
Marichi was the son of Brahma, the divine creator. After Brahma created heaven and earth, he created ten sons (Mansaputras, which in Sanskrit translates to “sons born from mind”). Marichi is one of those ten sons. His name, Marichi, when translated literally, means a ray of light (either moon or sun rays). Mariachi symbolizes great power, wisdom, and the cosmic force of creation. He is considered as one of the most important and iconic characters in Hinduism and is revered by devotees and worshippers all over the world.
Marichi was married to Kala, who gave birth to their son Kashyapa, later known as the ‘Lord of Creatures’. Marichi's grandson was the sun god, Surya, who is also called the giver of life. This is the god to whomSurya Namaskara is dedicated. Last, but not least, Marichi's great-grandson was Manu, the father of humanity. The first three letters of Manu are man which is a Sanskrit root meaning ‘to think’, and it is this same Sanskrit root that gave birth to the English word man.