Practicing sasangasana can relieve stress and irritation. It calms the mind, alleviates fatigue, and may reduce mild depression. This pose also stimulates the thyroid and endocrine system. It is recommended to perform this pose for long periods of time in order to fully benefit from it.
This posture opens the heart chakra by rounding and lengthening the spine. Sasangasana also increases the flow of prana to the brain and improves blood flow through the ajna (crown) chakra.
Sasangasana is a perfect inversion for beginners and is also a preparatory pose for sirsasana, or headstand. It is a counter pose to ustrasana, or camel pose.
As a modification, one may place a folded blanket under the head and knees to reduce pressure while performing sasangasana.