Dolphin pose is useful for stretching many different parts of the body at the same time. As a mild inversion, it is also considered to be a relaxing and calming posture. This is a great starting pose for those wanting to explore the meditative side of yoga for the first time.
This pose is deeply beneficial to practitioners with high blood pressure, asthma or sciatica. It is also highly recommended for women who want to relieve menstrual symptoms and is popular among pregnant women as a more practical alternative to downward dog pose.
Dolphin pose can be used as a preparatory pose for feathered peacock pose (pincha mayurasana), better known as forearm stand.