Learned the basics? Now add primary series, Yoga Chikitsa (Cikitsa), in the middle of your Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice - one by one you will learn 41 asanas.

Traditional Practice Series

Yoga Chikitsa (योग चिकित्सा, Yoga Cikitsā) is the Sanksrit (संक्सृत्, Saṁksr̥t) name for the primary series and it can be translated as Yoga Therapy. Therefore this series purifies and heals the body.
The first or primary series forms the basis for all subsequent series. Superficially seen it may seem the easiest of all six Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga series. It is however the most difficult one; it is the series first learned by every Ashtanga-Yogi; this is where one becomes familiar with the Vinyasa System and gets used to everyday Yoga practice. The following series do not bring anything that is relatively new. Only a couple of new postures integrate into the system one is already familiar with.

Marichyasana [A]

मरीच्यासन [अ]

Marīcyāsana [A]

Posture of Marichi

Tiryam-Mukha Eka-Pada Paschimottanasana [thumb mini] Janu  Shirshasana  [A] [thumb mini] Janu  Shirshasana  [B] [thumb mini] Janu  Shirshasana  ["] [thumb mini] Marichyasana  [A] [thumb mini solar] Marichyasana  [B] [thumb mini] The Way out [thumb mini] Marichyasana  ["] [thumb mini] Marichyasana  [D] [thumb mini] Navasana [thumb mini]
Marichyasana  [A]

Marichi (मरीचि, Marīci) = Name of a Sage in Indian Mythology
Asana (आसन, Āsana)
Marichyasana (मरीच्यासन, Marīcyāsana) = Posture of Marichi

Marichi (मरीचि, Marīci) According to Indian Mythology Marichi is one of ten Creations, Prajapatis (प्रजापतिस्, Prajāpatis), of the God of Creation, Brahma (ब्रह्मा, Brahmā). He belongs to the six sons of this God which were created by his thoughts.

Marichi (मरीचि, Marīci) himself is the father of Kashyapa (कश्यप, Kaśyapa), which himself is the father of all other gods, demons, men and animals. Therefore Marichi (मरीचि, Marīci) especially is the grandfather of the God of Sun, Surya (सूर्य, Sūrya). Probably therefore Marichi (मरीचि, Marīci) literally means "Ray of Light".

Marichi (मरीचि, Marīci) also appears several times in the Mahabharata (महाभारत, Mahābhārata). One time he celebrated the birth of Arjuna (अर्जुन, Arjuna), another time he went to the deathbed of Bhishma (भीष्म, Bhīṣma). Bhishma (भीष्म, Bhīṣma) was the teacher of Pandava[s] (पान्दव[स्], Pāndava[s]) and Kaurava[s] (कौरव[स्], Kaurava[s]). In the Mahabharata (महाभारत, Mahābhārata) by unlucky coincidence he fights on the side of the "Bad guys" Kaurava[s] (कौरव[स्], Kaurava[s]). When he dies on the battlefield he instructs his students about the Dharma (धर्म, Dharma).

In the Bhagavata Purana (भगवत पुरान, Bhagavata Purāna) he unties the God of Fire, Indra (इन्द्र, Indra), by a ritual from the sin he committed by killing the demon Vritra (वृत्र, Vr̥tra).

After his life on earth Marichi (मरीचि, Marīci) has risen into the Firmament as he became one of the stars in the star sign of the Great Wagon.

Alltogether there are eight Variations of Marichyasana (मरीच्यासन, Marīcyāsana) in the Sequences of Ashtanga-Yoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग, Aṣṭāṅga-Yoga), the first four in the First Series, the others in the Fourth Series.

Vinyāsa breath Dr̥ṣṭi explanation of movement
1 IN añguṣṭhamadhye raise arms overhead
2 EX nāsāgre spread fingers, hinging at the hip fold forward, hands to ground Uttanasana (उत्तानासन, Uttānāsana)
3 IN bhrūmadhye come half-way up with straight spine, lift head
4 EX nāsāgre hands down, float back, ellbows close to chest Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
5 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
6 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
7 IN nāsāgre jump forward balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
(EX) jump through, get slowly down, pull back and bend right leg, stretch out right arm far forward
(IN) bhrūmadhye put right arm around right knee, clasp hands behind back, straight back
8 EX chin to shin, top of skull towards back of foot
5BR pādayoragre Marichyasana [A] (मरीच्यासन [अ], Marīcyāsana [A]) (right side)
9 IN bhrūmadhye lift head, straight back
EX contract, hands onto the floor
10 IN nāsāgre lift up balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
11 EX nāsāgre lower down slowly, elbows close to the body, Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
12 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
13 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms, Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
14 IN nāsāgre jump forward balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
(EX) jump through, get slowly down, pull back and bend left leg, stretch out left arm far forward
(IN) bhrūmadhye put left arm around left knee, clasp hands behind back, straight back
15 EX chin to shin, top of skull towards back of foot
5BR pādayoragre Marichyasana [A] (मरीच्यासन [अ], Marīcyāsana [A]) (left side)
16 IN bhrūmadhye lift head, straight back
EX contract, hands onto the floor
17 IN nāsāgre lift up balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
18 EX nāsāgre lower down slowly, elbows close to the body, Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
19 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
20 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms, Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
21 IN bhrūmadhye jump feet between hands, straighten the spine half way up, lift your head,
22 EX nāsāgre bring chest all the way in, Uttanasana (उत्तानासन, Uttānāsana)
- IN bhrūmadhye lift the head again, straighten spine, palms or finger tips remain on the ground
EX nāsāgre stand all the way up, arms on sides, Samasthitih (समस्थितिः, Samasthitiḥ)

legend for the Vinyāsa table:

  • The grey part of the table is performed in Aṣṭāṅga-Yoga practice.
  • Yellow marked is the position depicted on the photo.
  • Vinyāsa:1 = ekam; 2 = dve; 3 = trīṇi; 4 = catvāri; 5 = pañca; 6 = ṣaṭ; 7 = sapta; 8 = aṣṭau; 9 = nava; 10 = daśa; 11 = ekādaśa; 12 = dvādaśa; 13 = trayodaśa; 14 = caturdaśa; 15 = pañcadaśa; 16 = ṣoḍaśa; 17 = saptadaśa; 18 = aṣṭadaśa; 19 = ekonavimśatiḥ; 20 = vimśatiḥ; 21 = ekāvimśatiḥ; 22 = dvāvimśatiḥ; 23 = trayovimśatiḥ; 24 = caturvimśatiḥ; 25 = pañcavimśatiḥ; 26 = ṣoḍavimśatiḥ; 27 = saptavimśatiḥ; 28 = aṣṭovimśatiḥ
  • breath: IN = Inhalation; EX = exhalation; 5BR = five breaths
  • Dr̥ṣṭi: nāsāgre = to the nose; añguṣṭhamadhye = to the middle of the thumb; bhrūmadhye = in the middle of the eye brows; nābicakre = to the navel; ūrdhvadr̥ṣṭi = upwards; hastāgre = to the tip of the hand; pādayoragre = to the tip of the foot; pārśvadr̥ṣṭi = sidewards
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