SANSKRIT: Janu Sirsasana (JAHN-nuu sher-SHAHS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: Sit on the floor with your legs outstretched. Bend your left leg and place the sole of your left foot against your right thigh, close to the groin. Inhale and reach both hands toward the sky to lengthen the torso. Exhale, hinge forward from the hips, and fold down over your right leg. Hold onto the outer edges of your right foot. Relax your neck. Stay in the pose for several breaths. Inhale and reach your arms up; then exhale and release them. Straighten your leg and change sides.

BENEFITS: Stretches the hamstrings, groin, spine, and shoulders, increases circulation to the spinal nerves, tones the abdominal organs, stimulates the liver and kidneys, relieves anxiety and fatigue