Within yoga, one of the goals is to achieve a state of balance within one's self. The prasarita padottanasana series encourages this by clearing the mind and strengthening the body through the movements of the lower and upper body. While the spine falls forward in the fold, blood flows to the brain and encourages clarity of mind. In prasarita padottanasana a, specifically, the arms fall forward with the feet and then the palms flat on the ground, pressing against the mat, which offers an expression of strength. When matching movements with the breath, one can experience both energizing and meditative effects.
This pose can be found therapeutic for individuals experiencing mild depression or anxiety, and may offer relief for those who have a headache or feel fatigued.