Traditional Insights into Yoga: Marichyasana - Posture of the Rishi Marichi
Traditional Insights into Yoga: Marichyasana - Posture of the Rishi Marichi Mally Paquette
This ancient pose actually has several versions in an Ashtanga practice. We will focus on Marichyasana A. This pose is primarily a hip opener, but it has many additional benefits. The posture is dedicated to Maharishi Marichi, whose name means “ray of light.”
Marichi is one of the six mind-born sons of Lord Brahma. Marichi appears several times throughout the Mahabharata, both celebrating the birth of Arjuna and at the conclusion of his earthly life at his deathbed. Marichi is said to have become one of the stars in the constellation Ursa Minor.
Marichyasana is similar to a forward bend, but it can be a challenge if you have tight hamstrings. The key is to propel over the straight leg and relax into the position. The action of a forward bend is solely a hip-flexor pose. This specific stretch can be supported by the trunk, feet, and bound hands.