Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana A

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Parivrtta janu sirsasana A is a revolved seated posture in the primary series of Ashtanga yoga. The term is made up of various Sanskrit words as follows: parivrtta, meaning "revolved"; janu, "meaning knee"; sirsa, meaning "head"; and asana, which means "posture" or "pose."

To perform parivrtta janu sirsasana on the right side, the yogi begins in dandasana, or staff pose, and opens the legs to a wide angle. The arms extend up and the body comes down toward the right leg, with the chest facing forward and the back of the head coming toward the knee, the left hand extends over the body toward the foot while the right arm supports the body by placing the forearm on the mat.

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

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana A

Parivrtta janu sirsasana is a beginner to intermediate pose. In this pose, it is important to distinguish that the body is not simply leaning to the right or left side, but that the torso is revolved or twisting so that the back would rest on the thigh and the back of the head would rest on the knee. Initially, the bottom shoulder should be forward of the knee while the top shoulder will be behind the knee. This pose requires that the yogi ground through the sit bones and the legs to create a stable base so that when the body revolves to either side, the yogi doesn’t fall out of the pose.

Parivrtta janu sirsasana calms the mind. It also relieves anxiety, fatigue and mild depression. It is also known to be therapeutic for headaches and insomnia.

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