As well as all the back releasing benefits of balasana, salamba balasana provides additional calming and soothing effects to restore the body and mind. It releases tension and allows the mind to enter a more healing, soothed state. It is a good place to connect with the breath through the movement of the belly as air flows into and out of the body.
Traditionally, salamba balasana, like balasana, is associated with the svadisthana chakra. Working with postures that stimulate this chakra is said to help improve imagination and vitality, enhancing the yogi’s innate creativity. The mental focus can be taken to the pelvic area while practicing salamba balasana to heighten this effect.