If you’re looking to bring in more self-love (and who isn’t?), add in a twist, like marichyasana C, or sage pose, to your practice. Think of this as showing your spine and nervous system that you care. The twist itself can be looked at like a hug, one that connects you to your body, grounds you to the earth and trains you to take in moderate, even breaths by softening the diaphragm.
Like all asana, alignment is key in marichyasana C. As you practice this pose, tune in to your body – is the foot of your bent knee hip-width distance from your straight leg? Is your spine extended? Are you lifting up from your pubic bone through your spine? And most importantly, are you breathing? Whenever your breath has stopped, in this pose or any other, you are agitating your nervous system instead of sending it the love it needs. Back off and come into the pose with greater awareness by following your breath.
Here at Hale Pule, we talk about asana with three designations: essence, anchor and strength. This is a simple tool to remember the intention of the pose, where your body is grounded and the muscles you engage for proper alignment. These components will support optimal energy flow and a sustainable practice throughout your life.
Marichyasana C from the ground up
As you practice this twist on both sides, you may find that one side of your body is more flexible than the other. Breathe into the areas of restriction.