Half squat pose primarily releases lower body tension. Additional benefits of half squat pose include:
- Opens the hips
- Lengthens the psoas and leg muscles
- Improves balance
- Strengthens the lower body and ankles
This posture can be modified by placing the hands on the ground or putting the heel of the bent leg on a folded blanket for support. It is suitable during pregnancy as long as the knee is taken wide to accommodate the extended abdomen. To deepen the pose, the yogi may flex the toes of the straight leg.