Traditionally, agnistambhasana is believed to open the muladhara (root) chakra. Opening this chakra provides mental and emotional grounding, thus increasing the individual's sense of security and peace.
Additional benefits of this asana include:
- Reduction in tension, anxiety and stress
- Stimulation of the abdominal organs
- Opening of the hips and groin muscles
- Strengthening of the legs and calves
Beginners or those with limited flexibility can sit with a rolled blanket, yoga blocks or a cushion under the buttocks. If the pose is still too difficult, it's a good idea to start with baddha konasana (bound angle pose) and supta baddha konasana (reclining bound angle pose) to gain flexibility in the hips before attempting agnistambhasana.