In addition to its physical benefits, adho mukha kapotasana draws the focus inward, both stilling and opening the mind.
Traditionally, adho mukha 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.
Considered a variation of the more
advanced utthita eka pada rajakapotasana (extended one-legged
king pigeon pose), adho mukha kapotasana prepares the yogi physically
and mentally for seated asanas such as padmasana (lotus), baddha
konasana (bound angle) and agnistambhasana (fire log). It also
prepares the yogi for backbending poses like dhanurasana (bow),
ustrasana (camel) and bhujangasana (cobra), in addition to the
rajakapotasana (king pigeon) series of asanas.