Twisting postures awaken the muscles of the trunk stimulating sensory nerve conduction from the skin, myofacial layers and the muscles themselves. This illuminates and drives the subtle energies of the chakras upward though the sushumna nadi (spinal cord).
The semimembranosis and semitendonosis contractin marichyasana I. The biceps femoris contracts in marichyasasna III.
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The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.
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