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Rotated Sage Yoga Pose – Parivritta Marichyasana

Rotated Sage Pose

Parivritta Marichyasana

[par-ee-vrt-tah mar-ee-chee-AHS-anna]

Parivritta means rotated or a turning of the heart. Marichi is the name of a Vedic Sage who was also said to be the son of Brahma, Lord of creation.

 

Benefits of Rotated Sage Pose

  • Twisting the spine in neutral alignment nourishes the discs and allows the muscles on the back and front side of the body to work in synergy.
  • Opens the lower ribcage and allows for deeper breathing.
  • Assists with digestion and elimination by massaging the internal organs.

Contraindications

  • Sit on a bolster or block if you are rounding your lower back.

Step-by-Step

  • Start in Dandasana with your fingertips at your sides.
  • Lengthen your torso, and lifting your ribcage.
  • Feel that the base of your body is wide.
  • Keep the back of your head is in line with your shoulder blades and sacrum.
  • Keep the left leg extended. Pick the right foot up and place the heel on the outside of the left knee.
  • Place your left hand around your right knee.
  • Place your fingertips at the base of your spine to help you lengthen your spine.
  • Press through your left heel and draw the toes of the left foot back towards your shin.
  • Press your sit bones down and lift the crown of your head up.
  • Twist the spine to the right.
  • Initiate the twist from your abdominals.
  • Keep your shoulders and chin level and parallel to the floor.
  • Enjoy a sense of expansion on all sides of your body.
  • Put more exertion into lengthening the spine than you put into your twist. This will protect and strengthen your spine.
  • Release the twist and bring your torso back to centre.
  • Come back to staff pose by extending both legs out in front of you.

Preparatory Poses

Counter Poses