Adho mukha mandukasana is known for its deep stretching and opening benefits for the body. It is considered beneficial when recovering from illnesses, such as the flu, because it improves whole body circulation by opening and stretching into the hips.
On a holistic level, it is said to be good for releasing emotional stress which accumulates in the hips, particularly during times of worry or fear. However, it is advised that adho mukha mandukasana be taken gently because the intensity of the hip opening releasing trapped emotions can leave one feeling vulnerable.
On an energetic level, adho mukha mandukasana is associated with activating and balancing the svadisthana
chakra. This is said to help spark creativity and allow access to your innate potential, cultivating an attitude of playfulness and curiosity in the face of difficulty.