Marichyasana B

Definition - What does Marichyasana B mean?

Marichyasana B is an asymmetrical seated forward fold with one leg in padmasana. The name comes from the fact it is named after the sage, Marichi. His name is Sanskrit meaning “ray of light.”

It forms part of the primary series in Ashtanga yoga, where the first four variations of Marichyasana A, B, C and D are performed in sequence.

The Western name for Marichyasana B is Marichi pose B.

Yogapedia explains Marichyasana B

The sage, Marichi, is a mythological Hindu figure who is also the son of Brahma. He is said to be one of the seven seers, or wise lords, who heard Brahma’s words and translated them into Sanskrit. These words were the divine law of the universe, or dharma.

Like many forward bends, Marichyasana B is said to restore and rejuvenate the body as it calms the brain. It is a good pose for taking the attention and focus inwards. It is also considered a deeper pose, physically and mentally, than Marichyasana A, as the foot in half lotus pose directs much of the work of the pose internally. It can teach patience, as the practitioner must wait to allow the hip to open up before the pose can be performed safely.

Although the folds in the body used to create this pose are relatively simple, the combination of these folds creates an asana which is complex and beautiful to look at, and peaceful to perform.

Marichyasana B is associated with balancing and purifying the manipura chakra.

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