Standing split pose is an inversion wherein the head is below the heart. Therefore, it is also great for improving circulation, countering stress and strengthening the immune system. It has the additional benefits of other inversions such as relief from headaches, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and mild depression.
Tight hamstrings might be an issue when practicing this pose. It is important for the individual to take this pose slowly and find modifications that work for him/her. The hands can rest on yoga blocks if they cannot reach the floor and the lifted leg can be pressed against a wall or supported by a chair.
Standing forward fold is the foundation for this pose, so it is very important to learn the correct alignment in it before moving into a standing split. The hamstrings must be warmed up for this pose and the practitioner's focus should be on the stretch, not on the height of the lift.