Benefits of heron pose include:
- Stretches the hamstrings and calf muscles
- Stretches the quadriceps
- Tones abdominal organs and promotes their function
- Tones chest muscles
- Aids in treating flat feet
Beginners can hold the calf to support the raised leg. A yoga strap can be wrapped around the sole of the lifted foot to help ease the strain of this advanced posture. Those with chronic knee or ankle conditions can avoid bending the leg while practicing heron pose.