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Marichyasana B

Combining Marichyasana, Lotus with a Forward Bend and a Bind

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One way to prepare for lotus prior to doing Marichyasana b is to kneel with one foot in the janu sirsasana c foot position.

Using The Janusirsasana C Foot Position to Prep for Marichyasana B

You can tuck the toes of the knee leg to begin with so that the pelvis is higher. This may make it easier to acquire the janu sirsasana foot position.

Once comfortable with the toes tucked under you can then lower your pelvis and put the top of the kneeling foot on the floor.

For the Janu Sirsasana C foot you can focus on pressing the heel into the inner thigh. You could also experiment with pressing the toes into the floor.

kneeling with one foot in janu sirsasana c postion as a preparation for marichyasana b
kneeling with one foot in janu sirsasana c postion as a preparation for marichyasana b

Once you can get this foot vertical with the heel upper most you can then give the lotus position a try.

Using the Bharadvajasana Foot Position As a Stepping Stone

Keep the other leg in a kneeling position and bring the lotus foot upwards the crease of the thigh of the other leg.

pulling foot into lotus with other leg in kneeling position as a preparation for marichyasana b
pulling foot into lotus with other leg in kneeling position as a preparation for marichyasana b, bharadvajasana leg position

Keep the foot and ankle active. While holding on to the foot your can try using your ankle muscles to "hook" the foot away from the hand.

When you let go of your hand try pressing the top of your lotus foot into the thigh. Also try pulling the outer edge of the lotus foot towards the knee. This action may be helpful if you find that the outside of your lotus knee feels like it is being stretched.

Rest When You Need To

When you find the knee getting too uncomfortable, take a rest from your lotus and Marichyasana B efforts.

The next phase is to put the kneeling leg into position for Marichyasana B.

Entering Marichyasana B

Start with one leg straight and put the other foot in lotus. Then with the a foot in lotus, bend the other knee and place the foot on the floor in the marichyasana position.

pulling foot into lotus with other knee straight as a preparation for marichyasana b
one foot in marichyasana other foot in lotus with hands on floor behind buttocks as a preparation for marichyasana b

Prop your upper body by placing your hands on the floor behind you.

Play with lifting the lotus knee and then with reaching it towards the floor. Lift the marichyasana hip if you need to.

Use your hands to push your ribcage closer to your thigh. Go slowly. Stop if your lotus knee is too uncomfortable.

Your Heel Will Press Your Belly in marichyasana B

Again experiment with lifting and lowering the lotus knee. You may find that keeping it lifted is easier. You may also notice the heel of that foot pressing into your belly. To increase the heel pressure bring your body closer to your marichyasana leg.

Lengthen your arm and spine to help bind in marichyasana B

Using your lotus hand to help lift the hips, reach your marichyasana hand forwards, inside the marichyasana leg. Lengthen arm and torso.

reaching marichyasana arm forwards to enter marichyasana b with hips lifted and other arm supporting body

Hold and focus on lengthening. Then reach the arm to the side. At this point put your butt on the floor. You can then grab the shin with your other hand.

reaching arm to side prior to binding in marichyasana b with other arm holding the shin

Internally Rotate the Arm To Bind in marichyasana B

Internally rotate the reaching arm so that the elbow ends up pointing forwards.

internally rotating the arm prior to binding in marichyasana b with other hand holding on to the shin

Reach the arm back. Bend the elbow and hook the leg. Then reach the other hand behind your back and clasp hands.

hooking the shin with the elbow prior to binding in marichyasana b with other hand on the floor

Twisting away from the marichyasana leg to make binding easier

You may have to move the lotus side of your ribcage and the shoulder back so that you can clasp hands. (Twist away from the marichyasana leg.)

clasping the fingers to bind in marichyasana b

Hold this open twisting marichyasana b position and see if you can grab your lotus wrist with your marichyasana hand. If not don't worry.

(If you can grab a wrist, experiment with using the marichyasana hand to grab, and then switch and use the lotus hand to grab.)

From there slowly turn to the front and bend forwards.

bending forwards in marichyasana b

Push against your shin in marichyasana B to give yourself leverage

See if you can move your shoulder back. Then try to make your arms feel long. Use your arms to push against your shin to help your marichyasana b forward bend.

Open your chest and lengthen both sides of your neck.

A Counterpose for the Lotus Leg in marichyasana B

After coming out and exiting marichyasana B, you may find that compass preparation or a forward bend offers a nice counterstretch for the leg that was in lotus. Try to squeeze the outer thigh if doing the compass pose prep so that the outer quadriceps, vastus lateralis activates.

easy heron pose or compass pose prep, a hamstring stretch with both hands grabbing foor and leg lifted used as a counterpose for the lotus leg after marichyasana b

Then repeat on the other side.

Published: 2011 07 05
Updated: 2023 03 20
Clearly defined poses, exercises and stretches for improving stability, body awareness and flexibility.
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