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ASHTANGA YOGA

 

Fiji

Yoga in the Fiji Islands

ASANA OF THE MONTH...

MARICYASANA 'A'

'POSTURE OF THE RISHI MARICI'

 

This posture is dedicated to the Maharishi Marichi (Ray of Light), one of the mind-born sons of Lord Brahma.

From Dandasana fold the right leg and place the heel of the foot as close as possible to the right thigh, in line with the outer edge of the hip (there should be about 1-2 hand widths between left thigh and right foot). Reach forwards with your right arm on the inside of the bent leg, then inwardly rotate your shoulder (IF your shoulder comes in front of the bent leg), bend your elbow and reach back around the bent leg to hold onto your left wrist.

Keep weight in your right foot, particularly the inner edge of the foot, so that the knee is pointing up at the ceiling. While the right buttock may lift slightly, continue to draw it back and down towards the ground while the chest moves forward. Use action in both feet, legs and hip flexors to propel the torso forward, placing the chest squarely down towards the straight leg.

Drshti is the left big toe, if that is appropriate for you, otherwise look at the leg

5 ujjayi breaths with mula bandha and uddiyana bandha engaged.

-Fi :)

 

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