Pose Sage Marichi (Marichyasana D) Egypt
Pose of the Sage Marichi (Marichyasana D) is definitely a challenging posture to get into. For some it may require months or years of practice to complete the posture on both sides. Patience. While your body opens to the feeling of Marichyasana D will bring many benefits such as opening the hips, massaging the organs, strengthening the abdominal muscles, strengthen the upper back and shoulders stimulate spinal circulation and mobility. The main function of the Marichyasana series is to cleanse the colon. That’s not all, as with all twisting poses, Marichyasana D is fantastic for improving spinal health by improving its suppleness. A rigid spine is more prone to injury as it does not respond to sudden adjustments with awareness and ease and simply will not absorb shock. The surrounding musculature will also lack elasticity leading to spasm and pain. Marichyasana D and other twisting poses bring fresh blood supply spine, enliven the peripheral spinal nerves. These nerves deliver power to the limbs. Marichyasana D can help relieve pain in the back and hips while opening the shoulders and strengthening the neck. Due to the nature of the heel pressing the colon and helping materials pass out begin with the right leg coming into half lotus position. The right heel will massage the descending or last portion of the colon. Practice Marichyasana D with the left leg coming into half lotus last so that as left heel presses into the right side of the lower abdomen. Waste materials are pressed and encouraged to move along toward the right lower abdomen to be evacuated. All postures are best practiced on an empty stomach. To prevent unnecessary pressure due to stomach distention and unwanted pressure to the chest, neck and head.
Sit in seated staff pose with legs straight out on the mat. Bend the right leg into half lotus. Turn the sole of the foot upward. Bend the knee of the left leg and bring the left foot close to the buttock. If this is all that can be done, stay here a few breaths and wait for the body to let go. Release the poses and repeat on the left side. Practice this one or two more times each side. Notice how the body releases a little and a little each time. If the pose is comfortable while the right leg is in half lotus, inhale, raise the right arm and twist your spine to the left. As torso twists bring the right arm down in front of the bent left knee and wrap it around the front of the bent left knee. Reach the left arm around your back to bind with the right hand. Use a towel or strap if the hands are not able to join. In time this will improve. Repeat the pose on the left.
Precautions to those with recent back injuries herniated and pronated discs. Consult with your healthcare provider before practicing this or any other exercise. Rule of thumb in Yoga is no pain – no pain. Range of motion, flexibility and strength are made with awareness and deliberate slow progression. This allows one to feel one’s own will power and will build lasting confidence and inner peace. May all beings be happy and free. Namaste.