baddha parsvakonasana is believed to activate the manipura chakra,
which is the body's energy and vitality center, transporting
confidence, internal strength and courage. Activating the manipura
chakra through this asana is thought to dispel fear and insecurity.
As well as a range
of physical benefits from strengthening the legs to opening the
shoulders, this asana is thought to relieve mental and emotional
stress, improve focus and provide freedom from limitations.
A variation of
baddha parsvakonasana is parivrtta baddha parsvakonasana, In this posture the torso revolves in
the opposite direction, creating a more intense twist and stimulating
the abdominal organs.