Traditionally, mandukasana is believed to open the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra. This chakra is the center of creativity, pleasure and enjoyment. Activating it promotes focus, productivity and inner acceptance.
Frog pose also has the following benefits:
- Relieves anxiety, stress and mild depression
- Opens the hips, inner thighs and groin
- Opens the chest and shoulders
- Soothes menstrual cramps
- Aids in digestion
For additional padding, place a blanket or yoga mat under the knees.