A practice where my hips feel open can take me from regular practitioner to yogi superstar. For me, it’s the single most transformational feeling. So I like to come at hip opening from a lot of angles – not just butterfly and happy baby.
Marichyasana, sometimes called Sage Pose (a variation is seen above), is most often used for the amazing spinal twist it requires. There is a huge benefit to twists when done intentionally (I talk about my favorite technique here).
When you start a twist with the hips, you can really isolate that movement. Sinking deep into the hip stretch, before twisting the rest of the body, can safely intensify the entire posture. Omg, you guys. What if twists were no longer about straining your neck? But instead were focused on your base, stretching and strengthening the hips? Gah! This has the potential to be a game changer.
In addition to massaging the internal organs and stretching the spine, Marichyasana can help relieve the symptoms of sciata and deeply, intensely, safely stretch the hips. I’m drooling just thinking about it.