Chaturanga strengthens the arms, shoulders, abdomen and back muscles. It also makes the wrists stronger and more flexible, in addition to toning the abdominal organs.
The mental benefits of chaturanga include:
- Calms the mind
- Relieves stress
- Promotes a sense of balance
- Boosts power of resistance
Practicing chaturanga activates the manipura (solar plexus) chakra, which is associated with confidence, willpower and inner strength.
Chaturanga is a preparatory posture for many other arm balances. Beginners may rest their knees on the floor in this pose until they've gained the strength to support the body with the arms.