Ardha ustrasana is a modified variation of and preparatory pose for ustrasana. The intensity of the backbend and openness of the chest strongly activates the anahata (heart) chakra. This can make the yogi feel quite vulnerable, even uncomfortable. Despite the strong feelings this asana evokes, it can help remove emotional blocks and connect the heart and mind.
Additional benefits of this pose include:
- Stretches the chest and the front of the body
- Lengthens the thighs and groin
- Strengthens the upper back and legs
- Opens the shoulders