Once confident in this asana, one may choose to further lift the chest higher and dip the top of the head towards the mat. However, those with neck and shoulder injuries should take caution and maintain head and neck alignment if that is more comfortable. In addition, one may choose to challenge their strength by lifting one leg at a time, alternating legs, into the air.
Purvottanasana symbolizes new possibilities and energy, as each new day starts with the sun rising in the east. In addition, it is believed to activate the manipura (solar plexus) chakra, as well as the sahasrara (crown) chakra, increasing both higher consciousness and vitality.
This asana opens the chest, placing the practitioner in a posture of openness and receptivity at the heart, and may also assist in fighting fatigue due to its energizing effects.