Marichi's Pose A
Definition - What does Marichi's Pose A mean?
Marichi's pose A forms part of the primary series in Ashtanga yoga, where the first four variations of Marichi's pose A, B, C and D are performed in sequence.
Marichi's pose A is a seated posture where one leg is outstretched in front of the body and the other is bent, with the knee pointing upward and the sole of the foot planted on the floor. The heel should be close to the groin. The arm on the same side as the bent leg wraps around it, from inside to out, and the other arm reaches around the back to clasp the fingers or wrist of the opposite arm. The torso folds forward over the outstretched leg.
The Sanskrit name for Marichi's pose A is Marichyasana A.
Yogapedia explains Marichi's Pose A
The name, Marichi's pose, comes from the fact that the pose is dedicated to the sage, Marichi, from Hindu mythology who is also the son of Brahma.
Marichi's pose A provides a powerful stretch for the spine and shoulders. It can also increase flexibility in the hips and hamstrings. It has many internal physical benefits as it massages the organs and glands. It is said to improve digestion, breathing and may relieve menstrual pain.
This pose can be challenging if the groin is tight because it can be hard to keep the thigh of the bent leg pressed into the side of the body. It is helpful to have a partner or teacher squeeze the torso and thigh together as you learn to enter this posture. It can also be modified by holding a strap between the hands if they cannot reach far enough to clasp each other. Sitting on a folded blanket can also help by lifting the hips.