Certain characteristics of this asana are typically the same as those of Pashchimottanasana. In this variation of Pashchimottanasana one leg is extended.
Technique of Janu Shirasana:
- Sit on the ground. Place the left heel pressing hard near the left groin.
- Keep the right leg stretched and straight.
- Hold the right foot with the hands. Exhale and draw the stomach in.
- Lower the head slowly as shown in the figure.
- Place the forehead and the chin on the knee.
- Remain in this position for five to ten seconds.
- Increase the time gradually.
- This asana can be practiced with the left leg stretched.
- With constant practice, this asana can be performed for half an hour.
- Repeat this asana five to six times every day.
- This asana should be performed after the bowels are emptied.
- One who practices this asana can practice Pashchimottanasana comfortably.
Advantages of Janu Shirasana:
- Janu Shirasana kindles gastric fire and helps digestion.
- Janu Shirasana helps in observing celibacy.
- This asana cures kidney troubles.
- It cures colic pain.
- It awakens the Kundalini which keeps the body free from sluggishness and weakness.
- Janu Shirasana has the same advantages as Pashchimottanasana.