Chaturanga dandasana is a challenging pose, particularly for beginners, as it requires strength, whole body alignment and coordination. It can, therefore, be a good posture to help students learn how to balance effort and surrender in the posture. In turn, seeking this balance can teach concentration and focus, or dharana.
Chaturanga dandasana can also help students connect with their inner strength and energy. It may challenge those who lack self belief; however, one may overcome such negative self perceptions as this pose is thought to stimulate the manipura chakra, which promotes confidence and self-esteem.
Fnally, this asana forms part of the surya namaskara sequence in Vinyasa yoga.