The opening up of the body in parighasana provides a number of benefits, both physical and mental. This asana stretches the sides, spine and hamstrings. It is also known to open the shoulders and stimulate a number of the body’s abdominal organs.
On a spiritual level, this asana is a good entry point into pranayama breathing exercises and meditation. Parighasana also works to open up the muladhara (root), manipura (solar plexus) and anahata (heart) chakras. Energizing these chakras increases the practitioner's sense of groundedness, stability, emotional wellness, openness, self-acceptance and love.
This asana can also help beginners gain confidence and get them into the correct mental state for yoga practice before moving on to more challenging postures.