Yoga Pose of the Day – Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose (Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana)

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The Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose or the Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is an intense pose for intermediate yoga practitioners. It is a stretch designed to improve flexibility and limberness. The name for the pose directly translates from parivrtta which is revolved; janu which is knee and shirsa which is the head.

Sit with the spine straight and the legs spread wide apart. Fold the right foot into the inner left groin. Wrap the right arm behind the waist and fold to the left from the left hip crease, keeping the spine neutral and looking straight ahead. Press the left forearm or hand onto the left leg or onto the floor beside the leg. Firm the lower belly to stabilize the lumbar spine, and roll the sternum toward the sky, keeping the shoulder blades drawn down and the collarbones wide. Then stretch the right arm up and alongside the ear, turning the chin over the shoulder. Draw the right sit bone down and feel the stretch along the right side of the body. Breathe into this opening, taking care not to collapse on the left side, and pressing the left leg into the floor to support the pose. Hold, keeping your attention on the fullness and ease of breath, and lift gently out of the pose when the opening feels complete. Repeat on the other side.

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