Head to Knee Sequence with a Twist

Forward folds are quite calming. They turn your focus inwards. Add a bit of twisting to compress then release the flow of energy and you have a great little combination.

Here is a short head to knee sequence. You can do it as part of your regular yoga routine or on its own to relax and clear your mind. Head to knee poses stretch the low back area. You will feel it just above the waistline on the side with the bent leg.

Perform the sequence first on one side, then switch to the other. Hold each pose for about five breaths.

1. Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose)

Before folding forward, be sure to lengthen the spine by extending the top of your head towards the ceiling. Turn your torso towards the extended leg and on an exhale begin to fold. Once you have found your comfortable “edge” soften into the pose for a few breaths.

Janu Sirsasana

Janu Sirsasana

2. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head to Knee Pose)

The Revolved Head to Knee pose stretches your spine, shoulders and hamstrings and also stimulates digestion. You may choose to keep a slight bend in your extended knee. Focus on lengthening the spine and then gently twisting from the core.

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

3. Marichyasana III (Sage Twist)

It can be difficult to sit upright in this pose as the pelvis tends to sink backwards which rounds the back. To help keep the pelvis in a neutral position, sit on a folded blanket, yoga block or bolster.

Keep both  your straight leg and the foot of your bent leg, grounded. On each inhalation focus on lengthening and creating space in the spine.  On each exhalation, twist a little more.

Marichyasana3

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  1. Hi again 🙂

    I love the way you describe things. The languaging is right on. If you ever want to guest blog again, I would be psyched!! I hope all is well with you and yours this holiday season.

    Peace,

    Emma

  2. Charlotte Bradley

    Hi Emma – Thanks for the vote of confidence. Would love to blog for you again sometime. Sending those happy wishes back your way!
    Charlotte

  3. next time you post a sequence on here… don’t be surprised if i attempt to re-post it or link to it 🙂 (with your permission, of course)

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  5. Charlotte Bradley

    That’s awesome Tina! Hope they enjoyed.

    I’m looking forward to trying your Yin sequence. Just saw it on The Joy of Yoga. Love Yin yoga – so yummy. Has been far too long since I did a practice in this style.

    1. Charlotte Bradley

      Ishwari,
      Thanks for your kind words about the site. Hope yo make it back to visit often!
      Take care,
      Charlotte

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