Sanskrit: जानु शीर्षासन; Janu – Knee, Sirsa – Head, Asana – Pose; Pronounced As – JAH-new shear-SHAHS-anna
The Janu Sirsasana is part of the first series of Ashtanga Yoga. It is a sitting asana that takes its name from the fact that the head touches the knee to fully express that posture. This asana is also known as head-to-knee posture, head-to-head curvature and head-to-knee posture. Although this asana resembles sirsasana, it has nothing in common and does not look that way.
posture sit with one leg stretched out on the
ground and the other bent at the knee. Then
catch the extended foot with both hands and
place the head on that knee.
Throughout this pose, mentally affirm: “Waves
of harmony surge up my spine.”
Stretches and relaxes the calves and hamstrings.
Strengthens and stretches the back muscles.
Provides relief for the kidneys and adrenal
glands and calms the nervous system.
Loosens the hips, knees and legs.
The gentle abdominal squeeze in this stretch aids
This pose brings balance by stimulating energy
on both sides of the body and brain.
This AASANA tones the lives and the spleen and
Thereby aids digestion. It also tonnes and
activates the kidneys, the effect on which can be
felt while one is performing the pose as
A person suffering from enlargement of the
prostate gland will benefit by staying longer in
this pose. They should practise this AASANA
along with Sarvangasana.
The pose is also recommended for people
suffering from low fever for a long time.
Parivarta Janu Sirsasana
What does Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana mean?
Parivrtta janu sirsasana is a revolutionary leaning posture. It is a variation of the forward asymmetric curve, Janu Sirsasana. It is considered a soothing and calming asana with important benefits for the mind and body. It also stimulates the chakras and improves the pranic flow.
To perform this asana, the yogi sits with the legs apart and then pulls the left leg so that the foot rests on the inner thigh of the extended right leg. The left arm rests on the thigh, while the other arm is stretched to grasp the foot.
The name of this asana comes from Sanskrit “parivrtta”, which means “converted”, janu which means “knee”, sirsa which means “head” and asana which means “pose”. The English name of this asana is the revolutionary posture of the head to the knee.
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
Parivrtta janu sirsasana is often included at the end of a yoga class when the body is open and the mind can make the most of its relaxing and stimulating stretch.
It is considered therapeutic in a variety of conditions, such as anxiety, depression, headache, and fatigue. Some people also find that it relieves insomnia.
Parivrtta janu sirsasana is a powerful inguinal and hip opening system that balances and activates the svadisthana chakra (spleen or sacred) connected to the water element. This should promote both freedoms of movement and self-sufficiency. The torsion element of the posture also stimulates the Manipura chakra (solar plexus or navel).