Like all forward bends, parsva upavistha konasana is known for its calming effects on the mind. It promotes relaxation and introspection and is a good preparatory pose for meditation.
Benefits of this pose include:
- Relieves insomnia
- Works to calm and soothe the mind
- Balances prana in the body
- Stretches the hips and back of the body
- Lengthens the backs of the legs
Transitioning into parsva upavistha konasana after other seated forward bends, such as baddha konasana, is a popular way to reach the full expression of this pose. In a vinyasa sequence, the yogi may balance this pose with backbends, twists and inversions in order to create a holistic practice.