Wind-relieving pose gently massages the abdominal organs and intestines, helping to release gas and improve digestion while relaxing and stretching the lower back. It also increases blood flow to the hips. It is recommended to bend the right knee first, as in this way digestion is improved and excess gas released. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles and builds core strength.
Ideally, wind-relieving pose should be practiced on an empty stomach. If it is painful or not possible to bend the knees as needed, one can hold the back of the knees instead, or place the feet against a wall.