Flying pigeon pose is considered very beneficial for the physical body in a number of ways. It helps by:
- Strengthening the arms, shoulders and wrists.
- Improving the balance.
- Toning the core muscles.
- Stretching the hips.
- Stimulating the digestion process.
It is a good idea to prepare for flying pigeon pose posture by thoroughly warming the body with Sun Salutations, performing hip-opening postures, and strengthening the arms with postures such as chaturanga dandasana and crow pose.
It is important in the posture to hug the arms in toward the midline, and to keep the back leg active so that the weight of the leg does not pull the body out of the posture.
For those with hip, knee or wrist injuries, pigeon pose may be practiced instead.