Some of the benefits of wide angle seated forward bend include:
- Improved digestion from the stimulation of the abdominal organs
- Relief from fatigue and stress
- Improved flexibility in the legs, shoulders, neck, arms and spine
- Increased energy
It is also believed to provide relief for those suffering from sciatica and arthritis, and may benefit pregnant or menstruating women. Anyone with back, leg, arm or shoulder injuries should avoid this pose.
Beginners, or those with limited flexibility, may sit on a pillow or folded blanket to raise the buttocks. Another variation is to support the forehead with a stack of blankets or the seat of a chair during the forward bend.