Pyramid pose improves digestion by stimulating the abdominal organs. This pose is also very beneficial for runners as it can stretch out tight calves and hamstrings before or after training.
This pose is traditionally practiced with heel-to-heel alignment and palms touching behind the back, which requires a good sense of stability and openness in the shoulders. For a less challenging variation, move the right foot slightly to the right to create a more stable foundation, then lower the fingertips down to either side of the front foot instead of bringing the hands behind the back.
There are two ways of folding the torso over the front leg. Beginners should align the midline of the torso over the inner side of the front thigh, while the more advanced students should align the midline of the torso over the midline of the front leg.