Ardha pavanamuktasana is a mental practice as well as a physical posture. To feel the full benefits of the asana, it should be practiced slowly and mindfully, avoiding jerky movements. The yogi should also seek to feel gratitude for the organs of the digestive system and bring awareness to every part of the posture.
This pose may be practiced on its own or as a preparatory pose for pavanamuktasana, where both knees are drawn into the chest together. Practicing both variations of pavanamuktasana is said to relieve the bodily systems of pressure that builds up each day and reminds the body of its ability to heal itself. It is also said to stimulate the manipura chakra.