Asana of the month: Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (revolved head to knee pose)

each month we choose a pose to focus on in each class through strong attention to alignment, variations, and/or modifications as a way to grow and expand our yogic horizons.

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is both a seated forward bending posture and a twist, with the extended torso revolving and descending over the extended leg. In the fullest expression of the pose, the back of the head rests on the extended leg and the torso revolves as far upwards as possible. Yoga teacher and Yoga Journal columnist Aadil Palkhivala states that Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is an excellent way to learn a heart-centered approach to one’s practice, because “performing the pose with elegance and openness requires you to discover and harbor the power inside the pelvis, to lift that power into the heart center, and to open the chest in a wide, resplendent expression of the heart’s inner luminosity…. In yoga,” he writes, “we learn that the heart is truly the seat of the soul. If we come to our asana practice with this in mind, our work in the body can be moved into the heart and beyond. All of our efforts will gradually reflect the joyous adventure of self-discovery and the glow of our inner infinity, the soul.”

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose):
Parivrtta = revolved
Janu = knee
Sirsa = head

Benefits:
• Stretches the spine, shoulders, and hamstrings
• Stimulates abdominal organs such as the liver and kidneys
• Improves digestion
• Stimulates blood circulation to the spine and may help relieve backaches

Cautions/Contraindications:
• Diarrhea
• If you have an injury to the knees, hips, arms, or shoulders, seek guidance from an experienced teacher.

Preparatory Poses:
• Upavistha Konasana (Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend)
• Janu Sirsasana (Head-of-the-Knee Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Stretch)
• Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
• Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)

Song that Most Comes to Mind While Moving into the Posture:Layzie Bone & Big Sloan’s: “Wring me out” (feat. Thin C)

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