Little thunderbolt pose is an asana that expresses strength, power and balance. This pose increases flexibility in the spine, strengthens the legs, and opens the chest and throat. As the pose opens and expands the chest and throat, it allows for deep, clarifying breaths. It may also help in improving digestion and posture.
Little thunderbolt pose is often incorporated into advanced yoga practices as an intense backbend. Individuals with neck, back or knee injuries should take extreme caution or avoid this pose. Beginners should attempt this pose with the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher. A gentler related pose is camel pose, which does not require as much of a backbend.