Traditionally, parivrtta natarajasana
is believed to activate the manipura (solar plexus) chakra. By
opening the manipura
chakra through practice of parivrtta natarajasana, the yogi gains
self-esteem and a sense of power and energy. A healthy manipura
chakra also helps the yogi to be self-motivated and decisive.
In addition to its physical benefits,
parivrtta natarajasana improves overall mood, boosts memory and concentration, and
increases focus. It is a good physical, mental and spiritual warmup for more
challenging balancing asanas such as the full pose, natarajasana, in which one leg kicks back and the corresponding hand reaches back to grab the foot while the other arm extends forward. Other asanas for which parivrtta natarajasana is a good preparatory posture for include vriksasana, dandayamana janushirsasana and virabhadrasana 3.