Head to Knee with Stretching (Janhushirasana with Paschimotthanasana)

Keep your chin up. Look at yourself in the mirror. Watch yourself suffer.

Janhushirasana with Paschimotthanasana (AKA head to knee with stretching pose) is one of those poses that makes me crazy. Not because I can’t do it – it’s hard as hell and I can only sometimes get my elbows to the floor. It makes me nuts because the people around me don’t listen to the instructions. Your back should be flat, not rounded. You should be looking up, towards your toes – not down at your knees. Yes it is harder that way and yes, that is the point. I am trying to remember to both flex my feet so my heels come up off the floor and reach down with my elbows to the floor. But I’m only human and this is the second to last pose in the Bikram sequence and sometimes I just want to be done with it. And then I remind myself that change doesn’t come from anything easy. SUFFER.

Flywheel yesterday meant I woke up extra tight today. I went with Yoga Vida On-Demand, of course. I chose the “Start Your Day Quick Flow”, thinking quick as in “that is over or completed within a short interval of time” but it was more along the lines of “swift or rapid, as motion.” My body was NOT ready for such a fast Vinyasa flow this morning. But there was a good separate leg stretching sequence in there and I made sure to add in a little head to knee stretching. I need to browse their videos the night before rather than the morning of. Or just know that I need to be truly awake before practicing that particular flow.

Cyclist or not, head to knee stretching actually stretches out your hamstrings, lower back, biceps, quadriceps, trapezuis and deltoids! It also nourishes the kidneys, improves digestion and honestly makes you feel ten times better after a hard spin class.

Namaste. Happy Wednesday!


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