Bharmanasana stimulates the visuddha (throat) chakra. A balanced visuddha improves communication skills. It also helps develop the courage to be honest in expressing one's self and is associated with the quality of being helpful. If this chakra is out of balance, it is thought to cause problems physically with thyroid disorders, sore throats, fevers and infections. It can also be linked to neck and shoulder problems.
The mental health benefits of bharmanasana include:
- Energizes the mind
- Treats mild depression
- Promotes calm
- Boosts sense of balance
Beginners can perform the pose with a folded blanket under the knees, if needed.