Half frog pose stimulates the abdominal organs, strengthens the back, opens the chest and throat and stretches the ankles, thighs, groin and deep hip flexors. This pose is especially beneficial for runners, dancers or hikers as regular practice decreases the risk of knee injuries. It also improves digestion, blood flow and posture.
A more challenging version of this pose is frog pose where both knees are bent and both heels are pressed toward the buttock. Beginners might find it easier to practice this pose with a bolster or a folded blanket placed under the lower ribs as this makes it easier to lift the upper body. Because this is an intermediate posture, it is recommended to practice and master preparatory poses such as cobra pose, locust pose, bridge pose or hero pose first.