Mariachi Twist

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In Sanskrit, “mariachi” means a ray of light or father of humanity, and “asana” means yoga pose.


How to: Mariachi Twist

Begin with Dandasana or the Staff Pose. While bending your right knee, place your foot on the ground so that its heel is quite near to your right sitting bone. Your left leg should be firm and stable with the thigh bone’s head grounded downwards. Try to move your left heel and toes away from your pelvis. The grounded straight leg will result in lengthening of your spine, which will aid in the twist.

Exhale and turn your torso in the right direction as you cover your right thigh with the left arm. Push the ground with your right hand to raise your torso upwards.

While both legs are strongly grounded, continue increasing the length of your spine with each inhalation, and twisting more with each exhalation. To complete the twist, slowly rotate your head to the right.

Remain in this position from 30 to 60 seconds. Gracefully exit by exhaling and returning to Dandasana. You may now repeat the procedure for the other leg.


Benefits of Mariachi Twist

The Mariachi Twist has the following benefits to offer if it’s done on a regular basis:

  • Provides massage to various abdominal organs like the kidneys and liver.
  • Stretches the spine and shoulders.
  • Provides strength to the spine and back.
  • Stimulates the functioning of the mind.
  • Frees pain from the thoracic region of the back and the buttocks.

For beginning students of yoga, Marichyasana is a great yoga pose to focus on improvement of various body parts like the spine, hips, abdomen and lower back. If you are new to this yoga pose and find it difficult to keep your spine erect after bending your knee, you may add a thick blanket beneath your pelvis so that it stays in a neutral position.

For advanced students or athletes, the Mariachi Twist is quite beneficial in that it acts as a therapy against many diseases like constipation, indigestion, asthma, fatigue, sciatica and menstrual discomfort. You may deepen the pose by staying in the final position for more than the suggested duration. To make this yoga pose more effective, try to breathe as deeply and slowly as possible.

You should avoid this pose or first ask your yoga teacher before attempting in case you suffer from the following:

  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Feel the power and strength of holy gods surging inside you as you master the Mariachi Twist.