Extended dog pose helps to realign the spine and is a good preparation for backbends such as camel pose. Additional benefits of extended dog pose include:
- Relieves tension and insomnia
- Stretches the shoulder muscles
- Stretches and lengthens the spine
Extended dog pose can be modified by placing a yoga block between the thighs to help engage the inner thighs and protect the lower back. It can also be practiced with a yoga bolster under the chest to lessen the backbend and make the asana more restorative. In another variation, the chin is taken to the floor.