In addition to its physical benefits, ardha navasana is said to help relieve stress and bring the yogini's menstrual cycle into a regular pattern. It also promotes balance and focus.
Traditionally, ardha navasana, like navasana, is associated with the solar plexus (manipura) chakra. Working with this chakra is said to help when one is lacking in confidence or feeling powerless. It can cultivate the strength to overcome fear and also restore vitality. The core work of the posture is believed to stoke the yogi’s internal fire.
Different variations of navasana and ardha navasana may be sequenced together for added stimulating and strengthening of the core.