Standing Head to Knee Pose helps develop concentration, patience, and determination. Physically, it tightens abdominal and thigh muscles, improves flexibility of the sciatic nerves, and strengthens the tendons, biceps of the thigh muscles, and hamstrings in the legs, as well as the deltoid, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, scapula, biceps, and triceps.  When you touch your forehead to your knee, you create front-side compression, so you are also squeezing and flushing out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen as well as the uterus and ovaries.

3 Tips for Standing Head to Knee Pose

  1. Standing Head to knee is a very difficult posture for most people. We like to think of this pose as 4 stages in 1 posture. If you are having trouble grabbing your foot, try to lift your thigh up as high as you need to to grab your foot. You do not have to have your thigh parallel to the floor to grab your foot.
  2. Think about keeping your weight more towards your toes to prevent you from putting too much pressure on the back of your knee.
  3. If you have any pain in your lower back you are probably doing it wrong. Come out of the pose and start again. Don’t forget to use your abdominal muscles as much as possible to support your back.

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