Head to Knee with Stretching Pose
(Janushirasana a Pashimotthanasana)
Head to Knee Pose improves flexibility in the sciatic nerve, ankles, knees, hips, and wrists. Compression to the abdominal cavity improves kidney function. The increased blood circulation in the bowels helps cure chronic digestive problems while also increasing circulation to the liver, spleen, pancreas, thyroid, and intestines. Because this posture is like doing a Standing Head-to-Knee pose but in a seated position, it enables students to practice the form who may still be developing the balance on one leg.
The Stretching Pose is the deepest forward bend in the series. This is another 360 degree angle stretch that deeply stretches the hamstrings, calves, hips, buttocks, and back muscles. Once again, the front side of the body is compressed while creating traction for the spine.