Ibiza yoga: How to do Janu Sirasana

Ibiza yoga: How to do Janu Sirasana

Photo courtesy of Robert De Vos

Ibiza yoga instructor Susie Howell of Ibiza Retreats continues her series of ‘how-to’ yoga posture explanations.

POSE: Janu Sirasana
MEANING:
Rather glamorous this one… simply head to knee pose.

BENEFITS:

  • A good old hamstring stretch, this one! Also spine, shoulders and groins too.
  • Like the forward bends family, it offers a nice gentle organ squeeze and also an aid for digestion.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Start in Dandasana. Bend your right knee and bring the sole of your foot to the inner left thigh, as close to your groin as possible
  • Square your torso over the straight leg and inhale to lengthen the spine from the base of the back
  • As you exhale, begin to come forward over the straight leg. Keep your foot flexed and press your straight leg into the mat
  • On each inhale, think about extending the spine further and use the exhale to deepen the stretch
  • Hold the stretch by holding onto the floor, your legs or even your feet… see where you get to! Feel free to use a strap or a belt to help you with a little extra traction!
  • Inhale all the way up and repeat on the other side.

HELPFUL HINT: It’s really not about how far you go. All of us are different and it really helps your practice if you let go of ‘needing’ to be somewhere. Yoga is not a destination and you can’t ‘be good’ at it. It’s just how you feel in the posture. Listen to your body and you will feel the benefits… promise!

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Paschimottanasana