Downward-facing cross-legged pose is an easy pose for beginners that offers a gentle stretch to the hips and low back. As flexibility increases over time, yogis can adjust the height of the stacked cushions or blocks in order to customize the intensity of the stretch.
This posture relieves back and neck strain, and is considered by many to be a pose that offers stress relief. 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.