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

English Name(s)

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose

Sanskrit

परिवृत्तजानुशीर्षासन /

Parivrtta  Jānu  Sīrṣāsana

Pronunciation

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

Meaning

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.

Contraindications

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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