Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose

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

Revolved head-to-knee pose is a twisted variation of head-to-knee pose. It offers a powerful stretch for many parts of the body and stimulates the internal organs.

To enter this pose, the practitioner enters a wide-legged seated position. One leg is drawn in so the sole of the foot rests on the inner thigh of the extended leg. The body stretches sideways over the extended leg with the bottom arm resting on it and the top arm reaching over the head to clasp the foot if the body's flexibility allows.

The Sanskrit name for revolved head-to-knee pose is parivrtta janu sirsasana.

Yogapedia explains Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose

Revolved head-to-knee pose is considered very beneficial for the body in a number of ways. It provides a powerful stretch for the hamstrings, back and shoulders, and deeply works each side of the body.

The twisting element of the posture helps stimulate the liver, kidneys and abdominal organs, improving digestion. It can also help to relieve mild backache.

Revolved head-to-knee pose can be practiced sitting on the edge of a folded blanket to lift the sit bones slightly, and should only be practiced to the point of a comfortable stretch. Usually this posture is included in the second half of a yoga class once the muscles are limber to allow a deeper stretch. It should be practiced with caution by those suffering with any kind of knee, hip, back or shoulder injury.

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