There are several variations of this pose. An easier variation is low lunge pose, where the back knee is bent and lowered down to the mat. A slightly more challenging version of this pose is its crescent variation, where the torso lifts upright with arms straight up, reaching toward the ceiling.
Practicing high lunge pose can help with indisgestion, constipation and sciatica. It should be avoided by people with serious knee or hip injuries or neck problems. If one suffers from neck pain, it is recommended to look down at the floor instead of looking forward in the final posture. One may also use yoga blocks and place them under the hands or under the back leg.