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
Pronunciation: par-iv-rit-tah JON-new SHEER-SHAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type: Binds, Chest Openers, Hip Openers, Seated Poses, Twists

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