Standing Head to Knee Pose

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Right after party time is Standing Head to Knee or Dandayamana-Janushirasana.  Standing Head to Knee starts the balancing series and helps bring the mind back to the body and increase focus, determination, and patience.  There are four major steps to this posture and each step can take years to master.  Standing Head to Knee forces the practitioner to have patience with themselves as well as determination to reach a goal.  

Physically, Standing Head to Knee works magic on a students body.  It tightens the abdominal and thigh muscles.  Standing Head to Knee stretches and increases the flexibility of the sciatic nerves, tendons and muscles of the thighs especially the hamstrings.  The locking the knee strengthens the muscles and tendons surrounding the knee.  This posture strengthens and tones the deltoids, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, scapula, biceps, and triceps.  

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