A variation of ardha salabhasana is to lift and stretch straight the opposite hand of the leg that is lifted, with the chin off the floor. The other hand is stretched forward, but kept on the floor.
Regular practice of ardha salabhasana supports spinal health, stretches the shoulders, improves digestion, promotes blood circulation and reduces excess fat in the thighs, hips and buttocks.
Mentally, ardha salabhasana alleviates stress, is effective for treating mild depression and promotes vitality.
Ardha salabhasana stimulates the muladhara (root) chakra, which is located at the base of the coccyx. Muladhara, which is said to represent the beginning of life, is associated with vitality, stability and promotes balance.