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Benefits of Bikram Yoga – Posture Five Standing Head to Knee Pose (Dandayamana-Janushirasana)

What a mouthful! Actually, every of the postures’ name in Sanskrit is.

This pose is probably my weakest.

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Because I run, my hamstrings are sooo tight that I have great difficulty in straightening my leg. Even if its stretched fully for a few seconds, I would be very happy indeed. The muscles are really tight and the very next day, I will ache like mad. Good sign, no?

Check out the lady in the video, i am probably like the others around her struggling 🙂

Standing Head to Knee Pose Benefits

  • This posture improves the flexibility of the sciatic nerves and strengthens the hamstrings and leg muscles.
  • It also works the muscles of the back, the biceps and the triceps.
  • It helps to squeeze and flush out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen, as well as the uterus and overies.

Personal Take:

This has to be my weakest pose ever. Even my bff who has been practicing for a year can do it better than me. 

It’s hard to straighten it out when your legs feel like a dead log of wood but it sure feels damn good when I can hold it for a few seconds 🙂 Also, my hamstrings ache crazily the day after. Am not sure if you would go through the same “aches” as me but I can definitely say that this pose is one of the harder ones in the class. 


2 thoughts on “Benefits of Bikram Yoga – Posture Five Standing Head to Knee Pose (Dandayamana-Janushirasana)”

  1. mtganzer says:

    A word of caution: In the heat of the Bikram room, it is very easy to damage your hamstrings if you overdo the stretch. There were a couple times I ended up with a hemotoma on the back of my thigh.

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