There are four Marīcāsanas in the Primary Series of Aṣṭāṅga yoga. Together, they are helpful in strengthening digestion and eliminating flatulence, indigestion, and constipation, especially when paired with good dietary habits. They are believed to purify the manipura chakra, which resides in the region of the navel, and the large intestine and gall bladder. In this video tutorial, yoga master Sharath Jois guides you through Marīcāsana A. Draw the bent leg close to the side of the body, keeping the foot lined up in front of the hip. If possible, catch the wrist and hold it firmly. Remember to focus on deep breathing as you draw in the lower abdomen and begin to fold forward.

Related: Marīcāsanas B, Marīcāsanas C, Marīcāsanas D