Salamba sarvangasana is often included as one of the end poses in Ashtanga yoga. As an inversion, it can promote healthy, refreshing blood flow to the brain and heart after completing other poses that require the head, neck and heart to remain upright. Because the blood flow is “reversed” to concentrate on the head and heart, this pose evokes a sense of calm and can awaken the mind with renewed circulation.
In a spiritual practice, salamba sarvangasana is thought to awaken kundalini, the primal energy force coiled at the base of the spine. It also opens the visuddha (throat) chakra, which is thought to be the purification center for the body and an influence on creativity.