Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
What is Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose?
Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, or parivrtta janu sirsasana in Sanskrit, is a seated twist. From head-to-knee pose, the practitioner reaches their bottom arm alongside the extended leg and reaches the top arm overhead, grabbing hold of the foot and twisting the torso toward the sky. It gives similar benefits to head-to-knee pose, but further improves circulation to the spine. It also invigorates digestion.
- Sit with the legs outstretched.
- Bend the left leg and place the foot near the groin.
- Extend the right arm forward and twist it toward the leg. Grab hold of the inside of the right foot.
- Inhale and reach the left arm up and over. Grab hold of the foot.
- Bend the elbows and twist deeper, turning the torso toward the sky.
- Breathe while holding the pose.
- Exhale and release. Untwist and change sides.
- Avoid if there is knee, hip, back or shoulder injury
Benefits of Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose
- Stretches the hamstrings, back and shoulders
- Stimulates the liver, kidneys and abdominal organs
- Invigorates digestion
- Improves circulation to the spine
- Relieves mild backache
Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
- par-iv-rit-tah JON-new SHEER-SHAH-sah-nah
- Pose Level
- Urdhva (Toward the sky)
- Pose Type
- Binds, Chest Openers, Hip Openers, Seated Poses, Twists