Marichyasana C

Definition - What does Marichyasana C mean?

Marichyasana C is a seated twist with one leg bent and one leg outstretched. 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 C is Marichi pose C.

Yogapedia explains Marichyasana C

The sage, Marichi, is a mythological Hindu figure and 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 twists, Marichyasana C is said to be a cleansing and purifying pose. It is stimulating and energizing as it improves the flow of prana throughout the body. The physical twisting is said to be symbolic of untangling ourselves on an emotional level from the issues we face in life. Marichyasana C is said to teach us how to systematically deal with these problems.

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

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