Lolasana was originally known jhula, an exercise in a form of Indian gymnastics. In the 20th century, it was upgraded to an asana, along with other such exercises.
Traditionally, lolasana is believed to activate the muladhara (root) and the manipura (solar plexus) chakras. Opening muladhara provides mental and emotional stability and a sense of security, while an open manipura chakra improves self-confidence and motivation.
Preparatory asanas are vital for safely practicing lolasana. Among the postures that prepare the core and upper-body muscles for this difficult asana, some include adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog pose), uttihita chaturanga dandasana (plank pose), gomukhasana (cow face pose), vasisthasana (side plank pose), bakasana (crane pose).