Scale pose is a strong pose that both requires and develops strength in many parts of the body. This includes strengthening the muscles of the arms, wrists, shoulders and abdomen. In addition, it requires flexibility in the hips to be able to place the legs safely in lotus pose without twisting the knees. It is also said to be beneficial on a physical level for stimulating the abdominal organs, thus improving digestion.
Scale pose can be modified if lotus pose is not attainable, by practicing in half lotus. This variation is almost the same posture, except that the lower leg will remain on the ground, which helps to teach the feeling of the full pose without placing excessive strain on the body.