Pincha mayurasana is thought to increase blood flow to the brain, which reduces stress and promotes feelings of clarity and peace. It also strengthens the whole body, especially the shoulder and core muscles.
Inversions like pincha mayurasana help open the ajna, or third eye chakra. The position of the head and the thoughtful gaze toward the mat allow energy to flow to the third eye, enhancing the practitioner's mental and psychic abilities. This asana is also believed to increase the flow of prana, or life force energy, and is known to be an energizing posture.
Beginners who are learning this pose may want to use a yoga strap around the arms or a block between the hands to help maintain proper elbow and forearm alignment. It may also be helpful to practice this pose against a supportive wall, allowing the body to become familiar with the correct alignment of the asana before attempting it without support.