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

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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