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

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is the owner and founder of Siddhi Yoga. She is known around the world for her thought leadership in the wellness industry and was also recognized as a Top 20 International Yoga Blogger. Her writing on holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and other international magazines. Meera is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, though now she focuses primarily on leading Siddhi Yoga, blogging and spending time with her family in Singapore.

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