This asana is one of several poses that are also known by the Sanskrit name malasana (garland pose), although the basic squatting position of Kali asana is the most common posture associated with malasana. When a distinction is made, Kali asana has a wider foot position.
Kali asana offers a varied range of physical benefits, from increased flexibility to alleviating constipation. It also improves focus and concentration, reduces mental stress and energizes the body and mind.
On a deeper level, Kali asana is a grounding pose and stimulates the apana vayu, or the downward-flowing eliminating prana energy. By tapping into this energy, the yogi can deal with whatever physical, spiritual or emotional issues are holding him/her back.