One goal 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.
In spread feet intense stretch pose D, the arms and shoulders are used to pull the practitioner 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. This asana further strengthens the spine and legs, stretching the hamstrings and groin areas. It can also help increase circulation and decompress the spine, which can offer relief for mild backaches and pain in neck muscles that are fatigued by working at a desk or on mobile devices. Those with back injuries, though, must take caution. Finally, this pose may offer relief for those who have a headache or feel fatigued.