Marjaryasana is believed to reduce stress by calming the mind. In a spiritual practice, it opens the anahata (heart) chakra, stimulating self-love, loving-kindness to others and unconditional love.
Although a simple pose, marjaryasana requires precise body positioning. The knees should be directly under the hips and the hands should be directly under the shoulders. This asana is usually paired with bitilasana (cow pose), in which the belly sinks toward the ground, creating an arch in the back.