This is a pose dedicated to and named after the sage – Marichi I
It’s a good idea to warm up with easier poses before attempting this one. Using a stick pose and/or Janu Sirsasana
It is said to put some level of stress on digestion. The lower back, shoulder and neck are also stressed/stretched a lot. So be careful.
This pose is pretty difficult, to make it slightly easier, keep some space between your foot and your bum and move your foot to the outside slightly.
You can place a cushion under your bum to avoid compression on the lower back.
Yoga Pose Instructions
First ‘open the shoulder’:
Reach directly forward with the same arm and then internally rotate it.
Then begin to reach back
Open the opposite shoulder, internally rotate and reach back also
Use a belt if you can’t reach and clasp hands together.
If you don’t have a belt, you can modify the pose by ‘leaving out’ the knee/thigh:
Can use a chair in front of the student/yourself to place forehead on to relief neck pressure.