One goal of yoga is to achieve a state of balance within oneself. The spread feet intense stretch pose series encourages this balance by clearing the mind and strengthening the body through the movements of the lower and upper body.
In Spread feet intense stretch pose B, the arms are active. The hands press against the waist or hips and elbows point towards the ceiling, while strong shoulders move 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. It can help increase circulation and decompress the spine, as well. This pose 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.