Pose of the Week: Marichasana C - The Twist

Claudia Azula Altucher
Claudia Azula Altucher
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Here at alignyo - we love to share the work of amazing teachers. This week, meet Claudia Azula Altucher who tells us a little bit about the Marichasana C pose.  Over to you Claudia: 

Marichasana C is one of the challenging poses of the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga.  It requires strength, determination, and clarity of mind to remain in the twists while maintaining equanimity of mind.  The pose is named after the Sage Marichi which means "ray of light".  Marichi is the son of the creator, of the forces that give us life and he sees things intuitively. 

Marichasana C invites us to release waste materials from the digestive system.  The deep twist paired with the breathing aids in elimination.  It is a metaphor for life as it reminds us daily to let go of the things that no longer serve us, to release old habits, people who are not supportive of our endeavours, extra material things that we do not need.  It is an invitation to release and yet be firmly grounded.

As we engaged the bandhas (tighten the area of the perineum and uplift the sternum up sucking in the stomach) in such a difficult sited pose we also invite awareness to rise up.  We remain calm and become present with out body, and we learn to breathe through a challenging situation.  That comes very handy for life in general.

Some tips for the pose: Invite the sit bone of the bent leg to drop into the ground. Push strongly through the heel of the extended leg so the foot is flexed.  Activate the straightened leg.  Push with the arm wrapping the knee and then lift up and twist.

What is your experience with Marichasana C? Do you practice it?

FIRST FIVE READERS TO ANSWER CLAUDIA'S QUESTION WILL RECEIVE A DIGITAL COPY OF HER BOOK: 21 Things To Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Practice

About the author:  Claudia Azula Altucher is a Student Teacher and Writer of Yoga. She practices Ashtanga and focuses on all 8 limbs through which her life has been transformed in a positive way.  She lives at http://ClaudiaYoga.com.

Comments

Marichasana C

I'm currently working on this posture in my practice. I've been practicing it for about 4 months now and am just starting to feel the freedom and lifting in the twist of my upper body while rooting down through my sit bones and heels. I'm not binding just yet, but my fingers are close!

Never tried it, but I will.

Never tried it, but I will. It will help me a lot in my life. Thanks

Marichasana C

new pose for me...wonderful breathing through the position of lower spine...dropping into this again soon...thank you!

Never tried it but I will. It

Never tried it but I will. It will help me a lot in my life. Thanks

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