Adho mukha swastikasana is an easy asana for beginners that offers a gentle stretch to the hips and low back while using supportive props. As flexibility increases over time, yogis can adjust the height of the stacked cushions or blocks to customize the intensity of the stretch.
This asana relieves back and neck strain while stretching the hip flexors, and is considered by many to be a pose that offers stress and anger reduction, which is also beneficial to those experiencing mood swings. In addition, it helps improve blood circulation and alleviate premenstrual stress symptoms. Some yogis also find that it eliminates headaches and symptoms of nausea, vomiting and morning sickness.
Due to the position of the chest and throat, this asana can be beneficial for both the visuddha (throat) and anahata (heart) chakras.