Traditionally, utthita eka pada
kapotasana is believed to open the svadisthana (spleen/sacral) chakra, which
is associated with intimacy, enjoyment and creation. A healthy svadisthana chakra ensures self-acceptance and comfort in
Utthita eka pada kapotasana prepares
the yogi physically and mentally for seated asanas such as padmasana
(lotus), baddha konasana (bound angle) and agnistambhasana (fire
log). It also prepares the body for backbending poses like
dhanurasana (bow), ustrasana (camel) and bhujangasana (cobra), in
addition to the rajakapotasana (king pigeon) series of asanas.
Besides its physical benefits,
utthita eka pada kapotasana draws the focus inward, both stilling and
opening the mind.