In addition to its physical benefits, salamba kapotasana draws the focus inward, both stilling and opening the mind.
Traditionally, salamba kapotasana is
believed to open the svadisthana (spleen/sacral) chakra, which is associated
with intimacy, enjoyment and creation. A healthy svadisthana chakra
ensures self-acceptance and comfort in relationships. In contrast, an
imbalance in this chakra can lead to unhealthy relationships.
In salamba kapotasana, the back arches
slightly and the drishti is toward the sky, but yogis with
neck problems may keep the drishti forward. For a less
challenging version, place the hands forward of the lead leg to ease
the stretch of the hips and allow the focus to remain inward. To
prepare for salamba kapotasana, or as a resting posture after the asana, practice adho mukha kapotasana, in which the torso folds over
the front leg.