Standing Head to Knee Pose


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Jason Winn

5. Standing Head-to-Knee Pose: Dandayamana Janushirasana

Purposes and Benefits:

  • Uses all major muscle groups
  • Exercises digestive and reproductive organs
  • Improves concentration and mental strength
  • Unifies body and mind
  • Tightens abdominal and thigh muscles
  • Lessens/mitigates diabetic disorders
  • Squeezes and flushes out ovaries, uterus, and internal abdominal organs, such as gall bladder, pancreas, and spleen
  • Increases flexibility of sciatic nerves
  • Strengthens the following: Tendons, hamstrings, and biceps of thigh muscles; Biceps, triceps, deltoids, trapezius, back muscles, latissimus dorsi, and scapula

How to Do:

More detailed instructions & video here.

  • Evenly distribute weight over 4 points of standing foot
  • Lock knee of standing leg
  • Maintain tight grip with all 10 fingers
  • Keep non-standing leg parallel to floor
  • Suck in stomach and contract abdominal muscles
  • Move foot toward face and past perpendicular position
  • Touch elbows to calf muscle
  • Tuck chin to chest, round spine, and touch forehead to knee
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