As well as an inversion, parivrtta adho mukha svanasana provides a deeper stretch of the hamstrings and stimulation of the abdominal area. In addition to its physical benefits, parivrtta adho mukha svanasana can be used to energize the nervous system. It may help to relieve stress, headaches and fatigue. It can also be incorporated into a yoga practice to create a more dynamic flow, heat and suppleness.
Traditionally, parivrtta adho mukha svanasana, like all twists, is associated with stimulating the navel (manipura) chakra. Working with this chakra is said to help increase feelings of self-confidence, strength and power. It generates internal heat, which and can help with overcoming fears or nervousness.