Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose)

baddha konasana, bound angle pose

Benefits: The twist in this pose adds a stretch in your torso, which helps free your hips.

How to do it: Start sitting on your mat. Bend your left leg in and let it open to the side. Your left foot should be close to your hips. Open your right leg to the side. Bend to the right, visualizing bringing your right shoulder to your leg. With your right arm on the floor inside your right leg, wrap your hand around your right foot so that your thumb is on top of your foot and your fingers grasp your arch. Bring your left arm up and clasp the outside of your right foot. Look at the ceiling. Hold for one minute. Release by unclasping your foot and bringing your torso back to the center of your legs before coming up and changing legs to repeat on the other side.