Practicing virasana stretches the ankles, knees and thighs, and greatly improves their flexibility. It also strengthens the arches of the feet.
This asana has a number of mental benefits as well, including:
- Calms the mind
- Improves focus
- Relieves stress
- Strengthens the mind
- Aids in meditation
As part of a spiritual yoga practice, virasana activates the muladhara (root chakra), which is located at the base of the spine. Energizing the muladhara promotes a sense of security and is also associated with health, passion and abundance.
Additionally, virasana is beneficial for those who suffer from high blood pressure, digestive issues, indigestion, asthma and menopausal symptoms.