Humble warrior is so named because it mimics bowing humbly to the Divine as the focus is drawn inward.
Additional benefits of this asana include:
- Fosters acceptance
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Opens the lungs and chest
- Stretches the shoulders, arms, legs, back and neck
- Opens the hips
- Strengthens the legs and ankles
To prevent injury, the bent knee should not extend beyond the ankle. Those with limited flexibility can practice the pose by clasping their hands around their elbows or by holding a towel between their hands. A wider stance may also ease strain on the hips.