Head to Knee C
Janu Sirsasana C
jah-noo SHEER-SHAH-sah-nah C
Stretches spine, hamstrings and ankles
Tones abdominal organs and uro-genital system
Calms mind, relieves anxiety
How to perform head to knee c
- Sit with your legs stretched in front of you. Bend your right leg and place your heel close to your pelvis.
- Turn your toes toward the floor and your heel toward the sky. Push your hands into the floor and scoot your pelvis forward until your heel is aligned over your toes.
- Turn your torso toward your left leg. Hold your left foot with both hands. Bend forward with an exhale, lowering your head toward your shin. Grab hold of your left wrist at the sole of your foot.
- Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
- Rise with an inhale. Lift your knee and straighten your leg. Change sides.
- Heel over toes
- Ankle fully bent
- Do not push knee toward floor
- Spine long
- Leg straight
- Torso facing extended leg
Modification: Instead of folding forward, use your hands to keep your pelvis lifted from the floor.
Avoid this pose if you have knee injury.
More yoga poses to discover
Head To Knee C (Janu Sirsasana C in Sanskrit) is an advanced yoga pose that belongs to the forward bends and seated categories. This asana targets ankles, hamstrings and spine, and also involves calves, knees, lower back and middle back / lats muscles. Head to knee c tones abdominal organs and uro-genital system; stretches spine, hamstrings and ankles and also calms mind, relieves anxiety. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory – a visual resource for yoga teacher training students as well as practitioners of all levels. Finally, shop our best-selling Yoga Cards products!
Our exercise illustrations represent original artwork registered with and protected by the U.S. Copyright Office. Unauthorized use violators will be prosecuted. More details.