Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose
Sit in Dandasana with a straight spine. Spread your legs apart as far as possible. Now check which of your nostrils is active. If you are breathing from the right nostril, place your right hand on your left thigh, so that your arm comes in front of you. Bend down to your right leg and place your right shoulder on your thigh.
Now stretch your left arm over your head and reach in the direction of your right foot so that your left side is stretched nicely. If you can, grab your right toes with your left hand.
Repeat the same on your left side.
A variation of this posture is performed by bending your left knee and putting your left foot on your perineum so that it stimulates your first chakra as well.
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana stimulates the second chakra on your sexual organs and thus enhances your sexual energy.
You can perform this yoga posture if you are suffering from slight lower back pain but avoid it when you have strong back pain.
The stretch and the moves of this exercise strengthen the blood circulation and the flow of blood in your system. In this way, your blood transports more oxygen into your brain and prevents as well as cured headaches, insomnia, anxiety and fatigue.
It is good for your hamstrings, kidneys, liver and groins as they all get a nice stretch.
With its movement and slight twist of the trunk, Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana improves digestion and clears the urinary tract.
With this yoga posture you can also strengthen and stretch your shoulders, spine, hips, thighs, knees, armpits, ribcage and the muscles on your sides.
Of course the aim in this yoga pose is to get as close as possible with your trunk to your leg and to reach your toe. Focus on your breath. Bend down with exhalation, come up with inhalation and while you are in the posture visualize coming further down with each breath.
Keep on breathing and smiling as it makes you look more beautiful.
If you feel that the stretch of your hamstrings restrains you of bending forward bring your legs closer together as the bending is more important that the stretch of your hamstrings.
Avoid this posture when you are suffering from diarrhea or nausea.