Head-to-Knee Forward Pose
Janu Sirsasana (jah-noo shur-shah-sah-nah[needs IPA]; Sanskrit: जानु शीर्षासन; IAST: jānu śīrṣāsana), Head-to-Knee Pose, Head-to-Knee Forward Bend, Head of the Knee Pose, or Head-on-Knee Pose is a yoga asana. It is part of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series and is commonly practiced as a seated pose in many styles of yoga. The name comes from the Sanskrit words janu (जानु, jānu) meaning "knee", shirsha (शीर्ष, Śīrṣa) meaning "head", and asana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat". Although it bears a similar name, Janu Sirsanana bears little resemblance to Sirsasana (Headstand).
- Stretches the spine, shoulders, and hamstrings
- Stimulates abdominal organs such as the liver and kidneys
- Improves digestion