Standing Head to Knee Pose
Dandayamana janu sirsasana
What is Standing Head to Knee Pose?
Standing head to knee pose, or dandayamana janu sirsasana in Sanskrit, is a balancing standing posture. The yogi stands on one leg, opposite leg extended and the torso in a forward fold. It's a challenging pose to hold, and develops physical and mental equilibrium as well as strength and flexibility.
- Begin standing. Inhale and lift the right foot from the floor.
- Hold the foot with both hands and bring the leg parallel to the floor.
- Exhale and fold forward, bringing the head toward the knee.
- Breathe while holding the pose.
- Exhale and carefully release. Change sides.
- Keep the lifted knee bent if needed.
Benefits of Standing Head to Knee Pose
- Improves core strength and stability
- Stimulates the abdomen
- Strengthens the legs
- Lengthens hamstrings
- Improves balance and focus
Standing Head to Knee Pose Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Dandayamana janu sirsasana
- dahn-die-ya-MAH-nah JOHN-nu SHEER-SHAH-sah-nah
- Pose Level
- Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
- Pose Type
- Balancing, Forward Bends, Standing Poses, Strength