Crescent lunge is a backbend and a heart opener. It improves focus, concentration and balance and integrates the muscles of the whole body. It strengthens the thighs and hips and develops both stability and flexibility. Expanding the front of the body helps to eliminate fatigue and increase energy.
If it is too challenging to practice this pose, the low version with the back knee on the mat and toes untucked can be practiced instead. If there is a problem with the soulders or upper body, hands can be placed on the hips, or in anjali mudra in front of the chest instead of reaching the arms overhead.