Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana D

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Parivrtta janu sirsasana D is an advanced seated twist that offers a more intense spinal stretch than some variations of the pose and adds a quadriceps stretch. The term comes from the Sanskrit, parivrtta, which means “revolved”; janu, meaning “knee”; sirsa, meaning “head”; and asana, meaning “pose.”

From Hanumanasana (monkey pose) with one leg extended in front and the other extended back, the lower portion of the back leg lifts. The corresponding hand holds the foot and draws it into the buttocks. The upper body folds over the front leg then twists toward the sky as the corresponding hand grabs the front foot and the elbow is grounded.

Parivrtta janu sirsasana D is also known as revolved head-to-knee pose D in English.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana D

Parivrtta janu sirsasana D is believed to open and balance the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with creativity, creating power and sexuality. An activated svadisthana promotes pleasure, abundance, joy, emotional stability and wellness. As a twisting posture, parivrtta janu sirsasana D also balances the manipura (navel) chakra, which is associated with digestive health, personal empowerment and self-esteem.

Parivrtta janu sirsasana D should not be attempted until less challenging variations and Hanumanasana have been mastered.

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