Marichyasana 3 – Weekly Intermediate Class 154

Focus: Having a good range of movement with spinal twists makes a large number of yoga poses more accessible. As you progress with your yoga practice you will discover that most of the different asana groups include twisting movements. When first learning twisting asanas most people will begin with simple, seated twists where you turn your torso away from your legs. Generally we tend to encounter less resistance when we twist in this open direction. Eventually we start to practice poses like marichyasana 3 where the torso is turned towards the legs with a more closed twisting action. It is more common to encounter stiffness and blockages when twisting in this direction. For many people this can be a particularly challenging pose that does not necessarily improve over time. This class features marichyasana 3. It breaks the pose down into clearly defined stages that will highlight key movements and techniques. It also shares helpful ideas and tips for improving this important seated twist. The class will be well suited to anyone who struggles with this pose, or anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of it. It will also be ideal if you are looking for a short sequence to help release your back.

Key Poses: Marichyasana 3.

Equipment: Mat, chair, 2 blankets, 2 blocks, belt.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 40 min

Yoga poses