In addition to its physical benefits, utthita svanasana improves energy levels, calms the mind and can relieve stress, tension and even insomnia. It is generally thought of as a gently invigorating asana, energetically, despite its soothing effects.
Traditionally, utthita svanasana is believed to stimulate the anahata (heart) chakra, thereby increasing feelings of openness, compassion and love. Working with this chakra is thought to enhance connection with one's self and others.
This asana can be practiced for 30 seconds to one minute, or even longer if practiced as part of a Yin yoga sequence.