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

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

The Bottom Line

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, a seated twist and forward bend yoga pose, offers a combination of spinal rotation and stretching benefits. Regular practice can enhance flexibility, improve digestion, and promote a sense of relaxation and balance.

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Meera Watts
Meera Watts is the owner and founder of Siddhi Yoga International. She is known worldwide for her thought leadership in the wellness industry and was 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. She got the Top 100 Entrepreneur of Singapore award in 2022. Meera is a yoga teacher and therapist, though now she focuses primarily on leading Siddhi Yoga International, blogging and spending time with her family in Singapore.


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