Practicing this asana stimulates the muladhara (root) and svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakras, promoting a sense of stability, connectedness and vitality. Activating these chakras encourages the practitioner to feel rooted, connected and balanced. In its fullest expression, it can also energize the sahasrara (crown) chakra, which soothes and clears the mind.
The practitioner should not focus on how high the raised leg can go, but, rather, on directing equal energy into both legs. If it is not possible to place the hands on the floor, yoga blocks may be used instead. The lifted leg may be supported by a chair or a wall as well. Flexible practitioners can deepen this asana by grabbing the standing leg with one or both hands.