Fallen angel pose is considered to be very beneficial for the body on a physical level because it:
- Builds strength in the arms, shoulders and wrists.
- Improves balance and body awareness.
- Massages the internal organs.
- Aids in digestion.
- Improves spinal flexibility and the health of the back.
- Tones the thigh muscles.
It is important to only attempt this challenging variation of side crow once crow can be held confidently and one has developed the arm and shoulder strength to lower the head to the ground with control. The temple should only be lightly placed on the mat, with none of the weight on the neck.
It is possible to prepare the body for fallen angel pose by performing supine twists, hip-opening postures, and postures which activate the muscles of the arms such as chaturanga.