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Yoga Asanas For Stress Relief - Janu Sirsasana - Head On the Knee Pose

    The Sanskrit word for "knee" is janu, while the word for "head" is sirsa

    This head-on-knee stance has a dynamic effect on the body and provides several advantages. 

    It stretches the front of the spine and relieves stiffness in leg muscles and hip joints. 

    All of the joints in the arms, from the shoulders to the knuckles, become more flexible.


    • Relieves the heart's and mind's impacts of stress

    • Helps to keep blood pressure in check.

    • Corrects spine curvature and rounded shoulders over time.

    • Relieves stiffness in the joints of the shoulder, hip, elbow, wrist, and fingers

    • Tone the organs of the abdomen

    • Helps to relieve leg stiffness while also strengthening leg muscles.


    • Always expand out the knee of the extended leg entirely, stretching it uniformly on all sides, to preserve your hamstring muscles. 
    • Allowing the thigh of the same leg to rise off the floor is not recommended.


    1. Take a seat in Dandasana

    • Move your right knee to the right by bending it. 
    • Pull your right foot towards your perineum until the big toe of your right thigh meets the inside of your left thigh. 
    • Make sure your bent knee is firmly placed on the floor. 
    • Push your bent knee back until the angle between your legs is more than 90 degrees. 
    • Maintain a straight left leg. 
    • It should sit exactly in the middle of the left calf.

    2. Extend your left foot until the sole feels expanded, but maintain your toes pointing straight up. 

    • Extend your right knee away from your body even further. 
    • Then, with your palms facing each other, raise your arms straight over your head. From your hips, stretch your torso up. 
    • Continue the stretch through your arms and shoulders.

    3. Exhale and bend forward from the hips while maintaining your lower back flat. 

    • To relax the spinal muscles, press your torso down towards your waist for a more efficient stretch. 
    • Hold your toes and stretch your arms towards your left foot.


    • Stretch as far down your leg as you can while hanging on to your knee, shin, or ankle if you can't reach your toes. 
    • You will gradually learn to stretch each region of your body independently, including your buttocks, back, ribs, spine, armpits, elbows, and arms, with practice. 
    • Maintain contact with the floor with your left thigh, knee, and calf. Always apply pressure to your thigh, not your calf.

    4. Increase the stretch now. 

    • Take a deep breath out and stretch your arms beyond your left foot. 
    • With your left hand, grasp your right wrist. 
    • Adjust your posture by stretching your spine and lowering your right knee to the floor. 
    • Lift your chest and keep your arms straight. 
    • Hold this posture for 15 seconds while evenly breathing.

    5. Take a deep breath out and extend your chest towards your toes. 

    • Bring your left knee, or as near to it as possible, to your brow. For 30–60 seconds, hold the posture.


    Visualize the contour of your back in the ultimate stance. 

    • Only a little portion of the spine at the level of the shoulders is extended if it is rounded, as seen above. 
    • Extend your arms out from your shoulder blades and lengthen and flatten your lower spine.


    Your sternum and abdomen should rest on the left thigh as though the leg and torso were one. 

    • One side of your back and torso may extend more than the other - generally the same side as your outstretched leg. 
    • Keep this in mind and strive to balance the stretch on both sides. 
    • Keep your elbows outstretched, expanding them to create chest expansion.

    Kiran Atma

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    References And Further Reading:

    • Singh, C., Reddy, T.O. and Singh, V., 2013. Benefit of Yoga Poses for Women during Pregnancy.
    • Sena, I. Gusti Made Widya. "Janu Sirsasana: Konsep dan Manfaatnya Bagi Kesehatan Diri." Jurnal Yoga dan Kesehatan 2, no. 1 (2020): 1-11.
    • Yonglitthipagon, P., Muansiangsai, S., Wongkhumngern, W., Donpunha, W., Chanavirut, R., Siritaratiwat, W., Mato, L., Eungpinichpong, W. and Janyacharoen, T., 2017. Effect of yoga on the menstrual pain, physical fitness, and quality of life of young women with primary dysmenorrhea. Journal of bodywork and movement therapies21(4), pp.840-846.
    • Padmanabhan, K., Sudhakar, S., Aravind, S., Kumar, C.P. and Monika, S., 2018. Efficacy of Yoga Asana and Gym Ball Exercises in the management of primary dysmenorrhea: A single-blind, two group, pretest-posttest, randomized controlled trial. CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research5(2), p.118.
    • Galantino, M.L., Greene, L., Archetto, B., Baumgartner, M., Hassall, P., Murphy, J.K., Umstetter, J. and Desai, K., 2012. A qualitative exploration of the impact of yoga on breast cancer survivors with aromatase inhibitor-associated arthralgias. Explore8(1), pp.40-47.
    • Feuerstein, G., Refining Your Forward Bends With The TFL.
    • Riera, A. and Torres, C., 2015. Yoga for Those with Multiple Sclerosis: Exercises to Improve Balance and Manage Symptoms of Pain and Fatigue. Meteor Content Providers.
    • Farhi, D., 2000. Yoga mind, body & spirit: A return to wholeness. Macmillan.
    • Hainsworth, K.R., Salamon, K.S., Khan, K.A., Mascarenhas, B., Davies, W.H. and Weisman, S.J., 2014. A pilot study of yoga for chronic headaches in youth: Promise amidst challenges. Pain Management Nursing15(2), pp.490-498.
    • Iyengar, G.S., 2003. About menstruation. Opintomoniste, tekijän hallussa.
    • Broad, W.J., 2012. The science of yoga: The risks and the rewards. Simon and Schuster.


    What is the meaning of janu sirsasana?

    Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose) is a forward fold, twist, and side body stretch all rolled into one. It may help you relax while also stretching your body. Lengthen your spine and bend from your hip crease instead of rounding your back. Close your eyes and generate a feeling of inner tranquility as you fold forward.

    When a desire to go as deep as possible into an asana, or stance, pushes you over your boundaries, illusions of grandeur might arise. Asmita, or ego, is present in both incapacity and humility. 

    Approach every position with humility and mindfulness to maintain your ego in alignment with reality. Keep your focus on the current moment rather than striving to go too quickly. Without getting too caught up in reaching a goal, try to sense what you're experiencing in your body.

    The more you practice Janu Sirsasana, the more you'll discover that the purpose of this position is to slow down, concentrate on your breath, and relax your mind, not to touch your toes.

    What are some of the advantages of Janu Sirsasana?

    The hamstrings, hips, and groin muscles are stretched in Head-to-Knee Pose. This nice stretch for tight hamstrings is generally beneficial to runners and people who participate in sports that involve running. It's also a restorative position that's said to help you relax and unwind.

    Who should avoid doing Janu Sirsasana?

    If you have significant low back discomfort, you should avoid this position. One can see that one side of the hip is more flexible than the other in this stance.

    What is Janu Sirsasana?

    Janu sirsasana is a sequence of sitting forward bends that are asymmetrical. Janu means "knee," sirsa means "head," and asana means "position" in Sanskrit. 

    The goal of the position is to bring the head closer to the knee by folding the body. The head will really travel past the knee and to the shin in the full expression of the posture, once the hamstrings and back of the body are wide enough.

    Janu sirsasana has three primary versions, each with somewhat different alignment of the bent leg with reference to the torso. The fundamental series of Ashtanga yoga incorporates all three versions. Head-to-knee posture is the Western term for janu sirsasana.

    Hinduism - What Is Virasana?


    One of the sitting poses (asana) listed in comments to the Yoga Sutras; it is also one of the sitting postures in Hindu iconography in which deities are shown.

    In this posture, one foot rests on the ground, beneath the opposite thigh, while the other foot rests on top of the opposite knee, as stated in the Yoga Sutras comments.

    This pose is defined differently in current yoga texts, as a sitting posture with the legs folded back outside the body and the feet pushed against the thighs and buttocks.

    ~Kiran Atma

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    Hinduism - What Is The Makarasana?


     ("seat of the crocodile") A basis on which an image may be put in Indian iconography.

    A crocodile figure is used as the basis, with a flat section on its back for the picture.

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    Yoga Asanas For Stress Relief - Baddhakonasana - Fixed Angle Pose


      In Sanskrit, baddha means "fixed" or "bound," while kona signifies "angle." This variation is easier and more comfortable than the traditional position because of the props. 

      The knees are bent and the feet are linked to create a fixed angle in this seated asana. 

      This asana helps to alleviate stiffness in the hips, groin, and hamstring muscles when practiced regularly. 


      • The bolster under the buttocks raises the abdomen and relaxes the groin, making it easier to lower the knees. 
      • Hip stiffness may be relieved by placing a block under each knee. 


      • Tones the spine, as well as the stomach and pelvic organs 

      • Prevents hernia 

      • Alleviates sciatica and varicose veins

      • Reduces menstrual discomfort, irregular periods, and leukorrhoea 


      • If you have asthma, bronchitis, dyspnea, rheumatoid arthritis, heart problems, or premenstrual stress, practice this asana against a wall. 
      • Make sure your lower spine is not concave, since this will put pressure on your waist and hips. 


      1.Relax and take a deep breath. 

      • Sit on a bolster with your face at right angles to your body. 
      • On either side of your hips, place a brick. 
      • Take a seat in Dandasana. 
      • Join the soles of your feet by bending your knees. 
      • Bring your heels up against the bolster. 
      • Beginners may find it more convenient to utilize a bolster parallel to their hips. 

      2 Remove your knees from each other and slowly drop them onto the blocks. 

      • Press your fingers to the bolster with your hands behind your back. 
      • Draw your abdomen in and open your chest. 
      • Hold the position for one minute at first. 
      • Increase the length of the asana to 5 minutes gradually.

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      Yoga Asanas For Stress Relief - Urdhvamukha Janu Sirsasana - Upward Facing Bent Knee Pose


        The term urdhvamukha means "facing up" in Sanskrit. This asana is a unique take on the traditional posture. 

        The back is straight and the head is leaned back in this variation. 

        The pineal and pituitary glands are stimulated in this position by the motion of the eyes looking up, which is coordinated with the upward movement of the head. 

        This exercise also helps to clear the mind. 


        • The buttocks are supported by the blanket. 
        • The belt is useful for those who are overweight or have tight backs and have trouble reaching their feet. 
        • It also makes the stretch more intense. 


        • Relieves lower and middle backache 

        • Reduces neck stiffness 

        • Tonifies the kidneys and abdominal organs 

        • Relieves haemorrhoids 

        • Massages the reproductive and pelvic organs, improving their function 

        • Prevents prostate gland enlargement 

        • Regulates menstrual flow and relieves menstrual disorders

        • Corrects a prolapsed uterus 


        • Place a block beneath your bent knee if you have osteoarthritis of the knees. 


        1 Lay a mat on the floor and cover it with a folded blanket. 


        • Then, on the blanket, sit in Dandasana.  

        • Bend your right knee till your right foot's sole contacts your left thigh.  

        • Right heel should be pressed against groin.  

        • Wrap the belt over your left upper heel and fasten it.  

        • Pull the belt tighter around your waist and raise your body. 


        2 Straighten both arms and extend them out. 


        • Down on the floor, press both thighs and the bent knee.  

        • Stretch your spine up and tighten your hold on the belt.  

        • Tilt your head back and take a few deep breaths.  

        • For 20–30 seconds, hold the position.  

        • On the opposite side, repeat the position.

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        Yoga Asanas For Stress Relief - Virasana - Hero Pose


          Using wrapped or folded blankets, a block, or bolsters, these variations of the traditional asana Virasana are intended to make the pose easier for individuals with tight hip, knee, or ankle joints. 

          Furthermore, spinal extension improves cardiac function and blood circulation to all areas of the body. 


          • The bolsters provide support for the legs and allow the body to extend upward. 
          • The blankets, one folded to sit on and the other rolled and put between the calves and thighs, alleviate strain on the knees and ankles while also equally distributing body weight. 


          • Alleviates pain or inflammation in the knees and tones knee cartilage 

          • Reduces gout and rheumatic pain 

          • Tones the hamstring muscles 

          • Strengthens the arches of the feet and relieves discomfort in the calves, ankles, and heels caused by standing for extended periods of time 


          • If you're having leg cramps while doing this asana, stretch your legs out in Dandasana. 
          • If you have a headache, migraine, or diarrhoea, don't do this asana. 


          1 Place two bolsters on the floor, parallel to each other. 


          • Kneel on the bolsters with your knees in a straight line.  

          • Place the folded blanket beneath your buttocks and the rolled blanket on your shins.  

          • Sit up straight with your back straight. 


          2 Maintain a relaxed posture with your chest extended out. 


          • Imagine squeezing your kidneys and pulling them back into your body.  

          • Your palms should be on your knees.  

          • Keep your eyes straight forward.  

          • Hold the position for 30–60 seconds. 



          • The blanket relieves pressure on the knees. 
          • The buttocks are supported by the block. 


          • Kneel down on the ground. 
          • Place the block between your feet and separate them. 
          • Take a seat on the curb. 
          • Replace the block with a folded blanket as your flexibility improves. 
          • Place the wrapped blanket in front of the block, under both of your ankles. 
          • Your toes should rest on the floor and your feet should point back. 
          • The soles of your feet should be stretched. 
          • Step 2 of the primary asana should be followed. 
          • For 30–60 seconds, hold the position.

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          Yoga Asanas For Stress Relief - Dandasana - Staff Pose

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          Dandasana - All of the sitting forward bends and twists begin with this asana. 

          It has a number of beneficial benefits, the most significant of which is improved posture. 

          • Dandasana is beneficial to people who work in sedentary jobs since it helps you to sit straight with a completely upright spine. 
          • This posture massages and stimulates the stomach and pelvic organs when practiced regularly. 


          • The folded blanket beneath the buttocks aids in the acute extension of the lower spine, releasing the hamstrings, while the two blocks under the hands aid in thoracic extension. 


          • Improves digestion

          • Tonifies the kidneys 

          • Aids in the prevention of sciatica 

          • Stretches and stimulates the leg muscles 

          • Prevents weary feet by stretching the foot muscles 


          • Practice the asana with your back supported by a wall if you have asthma, bronchitis, dyspnea, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, or bulimia, or if you are suffering premenstrual stress. 
          • During menstruation, practice against a wall. 


           1. Sit with your spine upright and knees bent on a folded blanket.


          • Place the blocks on each side of your hips, on their wide sides. 
          • Place your hands on the blocks after that. 
          •  Sit on the backs of your buttocks. 


          2. Straighten each leg and connect the inner sides of your legs and feet, one at a time.


          • Stretch your knees and toes while lengthening your leg muscles. 

          • Maintain a straight line with your knees. 

          • Stretch your elbows and arms while pressing your palms down on the blocks. 


          3. Lift your abdomen to relieve stress in your diaphragm.


          • For 1 minute, stay in this position. 

          •  Beginners should separate their feet slightly and maintain the position for no more than 30 seconds.

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          Yoga And Yoga Asanas - How Do I Start Doing Yoga At Home?

          Table Of Contents
          Yoga Preparation.
          Create a space designated for your Yoga practice.
          Wear what makes you feel comfortable, and flexible.
          Choose Your Postures and Sequences.
          Make an attainable goal for yourself.
          Breathe slowly and deliberately.
          Success Tips & Pointers.

          Yoga Preparation.

          When approaching yoga from a holistic healing and preventive viewpoint, the following recommendations will assist you in self-care, pain reduction, and remaining on the healing path. 

          Although it may be tempting to leap right into the postures and sequences, take a moment to examine the following topics. 

          Create a space designated for your Yoga practice. 

          As we practice, our surroundings may either help or distract us. 

          • It's beneficial to have a yoga refuge where you can focus on your practice. 
          • Don't stress about being flawless. 
          • There is no need for a separate room. 
          • You may choose a room corner or even a location outside. 
          • Distracting noises should be minimized or music should be played quietly. 
          • Turn off the TV or computer and place the phone in another room. 
          • Make sure the temperature is comfortable and that the lighting is pleasing. 

          Invoke calm, peace, and pleasure by placing a plant or a painting with a word like "breathe" in your line of sight. 

          • If you are unable to shut a door, ask other family members not to disturb you. (Nap time may be the greatest option if you have small children.) 
          • Make sure you have enough of space to move about whether you're practicing on a yoga mat, carpet, or chair. 
          • Make sure the chair legs are securely fastened to a wall or put on a mat to prevent them from slipping. 

          Wear what makes you feel comfortable, and flexible.

          Students often inquire about how to dress for yoga. 

          • There's no need to buy anything new. 
          • Simply dress in clothing that allows you to move freely and breathe comfortably. 
          • Shorts or pants with an elastic waist work nicely. 
          • You can even do yoga in your pajamas. 

          Choose Your Postures and Sequences.

          Consider how you're feeling physically and emotionally right now, and search for poses or sequences that will help you in those areas. 

          • Do a mental rehearsal of the sequence to assist your mind and body connect to the motions during the real practice. 
          • Be kind with yourself: When we start anything new, there is always a learning curve. 
          • Remember that you are deserving of your time, and consistent practice will pay off in the long run. 

          Make an attainable goal for yourself.

          Allow for a few calm transitioning minutes after arriving at your practice location. 

          • Take a big breath in and then exhale slowly. 
          • Sit down and mentally check your whole body for any leftover stress. 
          • Allow it to go. 
          • Take note of your ideas. 
          • Simply guide your thoughts back to the present if your mind is attracted to tales from the past or plans for the future. 

          To remain focused, give your mind an anchor, such as the supporting mental affirmations or goals given. 

          "I now support my health via my practice," for example, or "My yoga is holistically helping my recovery." Develop a self-compassionate and self-care mindset. 

          Breathe slowly and deliberately.

          Breath awareness is the key to stress and pain management, as explained here. 

          • You breathe deliberately along with the movements of yoga. 
          • Yoga differs from stretching in that it focuses on the body, mind, and breath. 

          Long, calm, mindful breaths can help to relieve tension and relax the stiffness, tightness, and guarding that occurs in our muscles when we are in pain. 

          • When our brain connects a bodily area with pain, we frequently revert to shallow breathing or even holding our breath. 
          • According to pain research, if we walk gently towards a place of acceptable discomfort with our breath and mental purpose, we begin to educate our brain to let go of movement anxiety and a knee-jerk response to pain. 

          Success Tips & Pointers.

          Here are a few additional pointers to consider as you begin your path of practicing therapeutic yoga at home: 

          Have a supply of water on hand. 

          • It's critical to keep hydrated even while doing mild physical exercise. 


          It is not essential to do yoga on an empty stomach; nevertheless, wait 20 to 30 minutes after having a big meal to prevent feeling lethargic. 


          Gather the appropriate props for the postures or sequence you've chosen ahead of time. 


          To maintain a comprehensive approach and a well-rounded yoga experience, switch up your sequences and postures on a frequent basis. 

          • Alternating upper and lower body routines, or alternate flexibility and strength workouts, for example. 


          Keep in mind that yoga is a noncompetitive sport. 

          • Respect your present level of strength and flexibility, and know that consistent practice will result in therapeutic benefits, regardless of where you begin. 


          • If you are in pain, work smartly. 

          • Consider if a certain movement is safe and whether you will feel at ease afterwards. 
          • It's OK if there's a little amount of pain. 


          • Take a moment to notice how you're feeling in between sides or postures. 


          •Check in with your breath on a regular basis. 

          • Calm yogic breathing, as explained here, is a sure indication of bodily and mental well-being. 
          • Whether you're breathing shallowly, holding your breath, or even hyperventilating, consider if you need to stop because the action is really hazardous and unpleasant, or if you're in a regular state of pain avoidance.

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