Traditionally, parsva Virabhadrasana is believed to activate the manipura chakra - the third chakra associated with the solar plexus. By opening this chakra, the asana provides a sense of self-confidence, self-esteem and energy. The manipura chakra also controls digestion and metabolism.
Parsva Virabhadrasana is beneficial for stretching the arms and sides of the torso, strengthening the lower body and opening the hips. It also opens the chest and builds core strength. It is an especially beneficial asana for those with sedentary jobs. Other benefits include:
- Calming of the mind.
- Perseverance and heightened self-esteem.
- Energizing of the body.
- Improved balance.
One can also practice a variation of this pose where both legs remain extended and straight, as in trikonasana (triangle pose). Virabhadrasana 1 and 2 are good preparatory poses for this asana.