This posture offers a number of physical benefits, including:
- Stretching the groin, hamstrings, and calves
- Lengthening and decompressing the spine
- Strengthening the shoulders, upper back, feet and legs
- Relieving tension in the neck
In order to deepen this posture, the hands can be placed in different positions. The index and middle fingers can be hooked around the big toes, or the fingers can wrap around the outer edges of the feet. Additionally, the hands may be kept on the hips or put into reverse prayer posture behind the back.
This pose can be modified by placing blocks under the hands or placing the fingertips on a wall.