One of the goals of yoga is to achieve a state of inetrenal balance. 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 d, specifically, the arms and shoulders are used to pull the yogi deeper into the pose by holding on to the edges of the feet. This expression of the arms opens the chest further in a posture of active strength, facilitating deep breaths and opening the shoulders, while also stretching the hamstrings. 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.