One of the goals of yoga is to achieve a state of balance within oneself. The spread feet intense stretch pose series encourages this by clearing the mind and strengthening the body through the movements of the lower and upper body.
This pose strengthens the spine and legs, stretching the hamstrings and groin areas. It can offer relief for mild backaches by assisting in decompressing the spine and relaxing neck muscles that have been fatigued by working at a desk or on mobile devices. This pose can also be therapeutic for individuals experiencing mild depression or anxiety, and may offer relief for those who have a headache or feel fatigued.
Those with back injuries must take caution. Beginners learning the pose may want to use a supportive prop underneath the head, such as a yoga block.