Traditionally, hanumanasana is believed to stimulate both the muladhara (root) and svadhisthana (spleen or sacral) chakras. Opening the muladhara through hanumanasana grounds the individual, providing the inner stability needed for personal growth. The svadhisthana is the center of creativity, pleasure and enjoyment. Opening this chakra promotes focus, productivity and inner acceptance.
This asana symbolizes taking a leap of faith as Hanuman did in service to Lord Rama when his true love was held captive in what is now Sri Lanka. Hanuman leaped to the Lankan Islands to locate her and spy on her captors. When performing this asana, one should meditate on overcoming hurdles.
Because this is such a challenging asana, preparatory poses are essential. Asanas that would be beneficial in preparation for hanumanasana include: paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), janu sirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend), prasarita padottanasana (wide-legged standing forward bend), supta vajrasana (supine thunderbolt pose) and supta padangusthasana (reclining hand-to-big-toe pose).