Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose)

English Name(s)

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose


परिवृत्तजानुशीर्षासन /

Parivrtta  Jānu  Sīrṣāsana


PAHR-ee-VREE-tah JAH-noo sheer-SHAH-suh-nuh


parivrtta: “revolved”
janu: “knee”
sirsa: “head”
asana: “pose”

Physical Benefits

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (PAHR-ee-VREE-tah JAH-noo sheer-SHAH-suh-nuh) stretches the hamstrings, hips and spine, helping to relieve low-back pain and open the hips. It also stretches the shoulders and expands the chest, improving breathing capacity. The twist massages the abdominal organs, stimulating and improving digestion.

Energetic Benefits

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana calms the mind and helps to relieve anxiety and depression. As it relaxes the whole body, it can also reduce fatigue and insomnia.


Those with diarrhea, a pulled hamstring, or chronic injury to the hip, back, knee, or shoulder should avoid this pose.

Going into the Pose

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