MARICHYASANA II (INDIAN SAGE II POSE)

Posture dedicated to the sage Marichi, the son of Brahma (the cosmic creator) 

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HOW TO ENTER TO THE POSE:

Start with sitting in Dandasana and draw the right foot on top of the left thigh into half lotus posture, bend the left knee and sit up on a support if necessary. Inhale lifting the left arm up and extend through the left side. Exhale folding forward and reaching the right arm behind you to bind your hands behind your back, grabbing the left wrist with your right hand.  If your hands don't reach you can use a stripe. Inhale drawing the wrist downwards and lift the sides of the trunk. Exhale extending the trunk over the right leg and try reach the ground with your head. Hold this position and remember to keep breathing all the time. Inhale as you lifting up out of the pose and exhale as you return to Dandasana. Repeat on the other side. 

MODIFICATIONS: 

- The leg can be placed on the ground rather than drawing the foot on top of the thigh.

- Use a stripe if your hands don’t reach

- Sit on a blanket or any other support for comfort

WHAT I SHOULD FEEL?

Most parts of the body are in stretch in this pose and the energy is flowing in circular motion. 

BENEFITS:

- Stretches the spine and shoulder

- Restores digestive power and the manipura chakra (third chakra located at the navel)

- Stimulates kidneys and liver and gives a massage to the internal organs

- Calms the brain

- Helps women with abdominal pain during menstruation and makes the womb powerful and enables women to carry a child strongly

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Do not practice this pose if you have diarrhea, asthma or if you are pregnant.