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. The legs are strong and solid, offering a grounded base for the rest of the body, while the spine falls forward allowing blood flow to the brain and encouraging clarity of mind. In prasarita padottanasana b, specifically, the arms are active with hands pressing against the waist or hips and elbows pointed towards the ceiling, with strong shoulders moving down the back and away from the neck and ears. This expression of the arms acts to open the chest and facilitate deep breaths for the practitioner. 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.