Janu Shirasana

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.




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