Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose C

Definition - What does Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose C mean?

Revolved head-to-knee pose C is a seated posture that is a variation of the foundational head-to-knee pose, but with a spinal twist and a more advanced leg position.

Practice of the posture begins in staff pose with the legs extended forward and together. Keeping one leg extended, the other leg bends with the knee dropped off to the side and the sole of the foot touching the inner thigh. The foot then twists so the heel faces the sky and the toes touch the ground. To complete the pose, the yogi twists the torso in the direction of the bent leg and folds over the extended leg with the back of the head resting on the knee. The arms extend overhead and both hands hold the foot. The gaze is forward or, if the twist is deep enough, toward the sky.

In Sanskrit, revolved head-to-knee pose C is called parivrtta janu sirsasana C.

Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose C

Yogapedia explains Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose C

The several variations of revolved head-to-knee pose differ mainly in the positioning of the legs, allowing different muscles to stretch. The other variations are:

  • Revolved head-to-knee pose A – the legs extend as in seated wide angle pose or one leg bends with the sole resting against the inner thigh of its opposite.
  • Revolved head-to-knee pose B – one leg bends as in the C variation of the pose, but the foot is drawn under the body so that the perineum rests on the heel.
  • Revolved head-to-knee pose D – the legs extend in a split with one forward and one stretching behind. The lower half of that back leg folds upward as the corresponding hand reaches back to grasp the foot and ease it toward the buttocks.

In addition to the benefits of the simpler head-to-knee pose, which include calming the mind and easing anxiety, revolved head-to-knee pose C is believed to:

  • Stretch the quadriceps, hamstrings, hips and oblique muscles
  • Improve circulation, particularly to the spine
  • Stimulate the abdominal organs and improve digestion
  • Open the chest and shoulders
  • Ease insomnia
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