Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana C

Definition - What does Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana C mean?

Parivrtta janu sirsasana C is an advanced yoga posture that is part of the Ashtanga Primary Series. The name of the pose in English, revolved head-to-knee pose, indicates the many different placements and movements in the posture and it translates literally from Sanskrit, with parivrtta meaning “revolved”; janu, meaning “knee”; sirsasana (from the word sirsh), meaning “head” and asana, meaning “posture.” The "C" indicates this an advanced variation of the foundation pose.

To perform parivrtta janu sirsasana C the yogi begins in seated pose, or dandasana, and opens the legs to a wide angle, one leg bends at the knee and the foot comes close to the body, with the ankle close to the sit bone or the foot and comes in toward the opposite thigh, with the heel up and the toes down. The body revolves, or twists, and then the back comes down to rest on the thigh and the head rests on the knee. The hands reach overhead to bind the foot. To release the yogi unbinds the foot, brings the body up, untwists and releases the legs back to dandasana.

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

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana C

This advanced variation of parivrtta janu sirsasana allows the yogi to twist the spine, stretch the hamstrings and play with their flexibility and balance in the lower body. Advanced variations play with different movements and require yogis to have a strong foundation of strength and flexibility. Seated postures should not be thought of as stable because they are performed on the floor, in this posture, the yogi is twisting and binding the upper body, along with a very active and engaged lower body. The asymmetry in the hips and legs makes this posture a more difficult variation. This pose is typically practiced after the yogi is thoroughly warmed up.

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