As part of a spiritual practice, this asana is thought to encourage peace and ease feelings of irritation. It is also believed to open up the throat, or visuddha, chakra as the neck is lengthened in the fullest expression of the pose. As blood flow is increased to the heart and neck, it is thought to encourage love and self-assurance.
In addition to opening the visuddha chakra, this asana is also thought to open the solar plexus (manipura) and the root (muladhara) chakras. The manipura chakra is often associated with energy, willpower and accomplishment while the muladhara chakra is believed to govern instinct, courage and survival as it awakens the kundalini.
Individuals may wish to practice this pose in repetition, raising the legs at different height intervals each time. Those who have lumbar issues or who have had abdominal surgery should complete an alternate version of this asana, where one leg is raised at a time.