About Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
The literal translation of Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is Revolved Head To Knee Pose, which leads many yogis to make the mistake of trying to get the head near the knee by rounding the back and/or shortening the side of the body.
Not only will this not feel good, it won't offer you all the expansion that is possible in the pose.
The beauty of this pose is its many benefits. It's a deep hip opener, side bend and a deep 'revolution' or twist. All of this lovely bending opens your hips, hamstrings and in particular your side ribs. Because the muscles between your ribs are stretching, you create more space for deeper breathing. When you come out of the pose, you literally can feel a greater freedom in your breath.
In our Asana Diagnostics video, we take on 'PJS' and offer you everything you need to engage the proper muscles, lengthen where you need it and enjoy every single minute of this graceful pose.
The Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana video & Companion Guide can be found in our store.
To help you twist more deeply, focus on bringing more equanimity to the length of your sides from armpits to waistline. In general, this means you'll have to to use some abdominal power to elongate the bottom side of your body and draw the top side more into the midline.