Yoga Pose: Marichi's III (Marīchyāsana III)

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  • Marichi's III

  • Marīchyāsana III

  • marīchi = name of a sage
  • āsana = posture
  • Category:
    Seated / Twist
  • Difficulty:
    Intermediate
  • Description:

    From a seated position, one leg is extended to the front. The opposite knee is bent and perpendicular to the earth at a 90-degree angle with the heel close to the groin. The inside arm is extended towards the front with the palm turned outward in the opposite direction to facilitate the hinge of the elbow which is then wrapped around the bent knee from inside of the thigh. The other arm is wrapped around the opposite side of the body. Retaining a long lifted spine, the upper torso twists towards the back. The hands meet and bind at the lower back. The fingers are interlaced. The ribcage is lifted and the heart is open. The gaze follows the spine as it twists open.

  • Benefits:

    Massages abdominal organs, including the liver and kidneys. Stretches the shoulders. Stimulates the brain. Relieves mild backache and hip pain. Strengthens and stretches the spine.