Named after Visvamitra, who was a king-turned-sage, this pose offers many health benefits, including:
- Promotes flexibility
- Stretches and strengthens the spine
- Strengthens the arms and legs
- Strengthens the core and abdomen
- Increases balance
- Develops body awareness
Easier variations of Sage Visvamitra's pose include supta Visvamitrasana, Visvamitrasana II, eka pada Koundinyasana I and II as well ardha Visvamitrasana.