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looking for prep postures to Marichyasana

Techne2010-07-04 19:34:04 +0000 #1
Hi, all.

A recent Yoga Journal got me curious about Marchyasana I,: www.yogajournal.com/poses/939 and in exploring it I discovered that if I bring my torso forward enough to get my shoulder past the bent leg I unweight a sitting bone -- unless I let the bent leg fall open.

Now, the YJ pic seems to indicate that some lifting under that bent leg is about right, but that seems strange to me.

I'm continuing my exploration gently and next to a wall to support my bent leg. in an upright position.

What do you think?
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 19:39:52 +0000 #2
Are you asking about being in the pose or entering the pose?

Entering the pose the leg with the bent knee is abducted (moved away from the mid-sagital plane in order to allow the torso to come forward. Once the arm is wrapped the leg comes back into the plane of the pose.

There are many poses where the sitting bones (unroot) THOUGH the action is to root them. Without the rooting of the sitting bones there can be little in the way of recoil in the spine (a necessity for duality in the pose) and thus alignment and length in the spine are sacrificed.
Techne2010-07-04 20:23:31 +0000 #3
OK, so my form isn't as off as I thought. My initial impulse was that I needed other poses to open up my hip and lower back more, first. Now it looks like M.1 is a reasonable place to find my edge.

Thanks!

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