Wanderous Whimsy

30 Second Yoga – Standing Head to Knee Pose

A few weeks ago, I finally cleared out the old office room. It really wasn’t an office at all. It had a desk, yes, but I never used it! Over time, this became the room I hid my mess in. It became the holding ground for anything that didn’t have a place. It slowly mutated into my official “junk room.” I eventually realized that I hadn’t actually used anything in this room in months.

Mess is a manifestation of fogginess, a representation of one’s lack of will power and self care. I realized I had to make a change. It took a lot of determination and a few hours of my time, but by the end of the night, I had an empty room, one heaping pile of trash, and one heaping pile of donations destined for Goodwill.

Once I officially decluttered this sadly neglected room, I wanted to give it new life. I bought a gorgeous discounted area rug, a few plants, and a bright orange wall tapestry from Urban Outfitters. I laid a yoga mat down in the middle and voila! My previously dark, junk filled room had transformed into my new and improved yoga room!

Find a messy room, drawer, closet, cabinet, anything in your house and dedicate some time to clear it out. Use this new space for something healthy, useful, or just something new and refreshing. Clearing space has an uncanny ability to clear the mind.

Also, as I mentioned in my last post, I recently purchased a new camera. So what comes when you have a new camera + a new yoga room? I introduce to you, “30 Second Yoga.” Depending on what type of yoga you practice, some teachers don’t stop the class to break down each pose. I’ve even had friends that are hesitant to try yoga due to the awkwardness of being unfamiliar with all the seemingly bendy twisty poses. With these short yoga tutorials, new and old yoginis alike can take a quick look at individual poses you may run into out in the great big yoga world. This week, I am starting with a favorite, Standing Head to Knee Pose, or in sanskrit, Dandayamana-Janushirasana.

Here are some of the benefits of standing head to knee pose.

  • 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.
  • Just as we can clean and clear out old junk rooms, this pose helps to squeeze and flush out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen, as well as the uterus and ovaries.

Please make sure you are warmed up before attempting this pose!