“A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than himself.” – Josh Billings
Lucky often makes my yoga mat into an obstacle course filled with the laughter of a playground. I couldn’t manage a picture that he wouldn’t photobomb. Anyways, that’s not what this post is about… it’s about Standing Head to Knee pose.
I remember first learning Head to Knee or Dandayamana Janushirasana at Bikram Hot Yoga in Setauket, New York. Between the stench of sweat and a beginner’s lack of balance, it was really challenging for me to find focus and pull my face towards my knee without hopping and stumbling back onto two feet. Yes, I was one of those people ruining my neighbors’ zen, sorry, but with practice I finally learned to conquer my mind.
In order to perform this posture
Think of your foot rooted into the floor, every edge of your foot is grounded. Distribute your weight throughout the planted foot. Take your time to engage your knee, after about a minute it becomes safe to lock your knee. Your leg should be locked as you reach for the foot of the leg you wish to stretch. Clasp your hands, lacing your fingers around the middle of your foot and pull your knee into your chest. Stare at a fixed point to keep balance and when you feel stable, lengthen the leg in front of you, aiming to keep legs at a 90 degree angle. When you feel comfortable use your arm strength to pull your face to your knee.
Benefits of Standing Head to Knee Pose
- Improves concentration and builds mental strength.
- Beneficial for fighting diabetes.
- Strengthens back muscles, tendons, biceps, hamstrings, thighs, deltoids, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, scapula, biceps and triceps.
- Compresses and flushes Pancreas, Thyroid, Thymus, abdominal and reproductive organs.
- Improves sex through the massage of reproductive organs.
- Improves flexibility in the sciatic nerve.
- Helps to decrease varicose veins.
- Prevent future knee injuries by strengthening soft tissue around the knee.