Equestrian pose has a wide range of physical benefits. As well as opening the hip flexors, it is thought to stimulate the kidneys, liver and abdominal organs. In this posture, the spine is lengthened and the muscles around it are strengthened. The lifted nature of the torso is also thought to strengthen the chest muscles, potentially expanding lung capacity.
Equestrian pose can be modified for those with knee problems by lifting the back knee or placing a blanket or cushion underneath it. If it is uncomfortable for the neck, the head does not have to be lifted in this posture.