Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

Definition - What does Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana mean?

Parivrtta janu sirsasana is a revolved forward bending posture. It is a variation on the asymmetrical forward bend, janu sirsasana. It is considered a calming and soothing asana with significant benefits for the mind as well as the body. It also works to stimulate the chakras, improving the flow of prana.

To perform this asana, the practitioner assumes a wide-legged seated position, then draws the left leg in so the foot rests on the inner thigh of the extended right leg. The left arm rests on top of the leg while the other arm reaches over to grab the foot if the body's flexibility allows.

The name for this asana comes from the Sanskrit parivrtta, meaning "revolved," janu, meaning "knee," sirsa, meaning "head," and asana, meaning "pose." The English name for this asana is revolved head-to-knee pose.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

Parivrtta janu sirsasana is often included toward the end of a yoga class when the body is open and the mind can absorb all the benefits of its relaxing and stimulating stretch.

It is considered therapeutic for a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, headaches and fatigue. Some people also find it relieves insomnia.

As a powerful hip and groin opener, parivrtta janu sirsasana works to balance and activate the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is connected with the element of water. This is thought to cultivate both freedom of movement and self-nurturing qualities. The twisting element of the posture also stimulates the manipura (solar plexus or navel) chakra.

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