side angle pose has a wide range of physical benefits, including:
- Stretches and
strengthens the entire body
- Opens the
shoulders and chest
the front and back of the torso
- Tones the
- Improves lung
This pose is also
believed to have therapeutic benefits for digestion, constipation,
menstrual pain, infertility, osteoporosis and low backache.
As a modification, yogis with neck pain or injury should keep the gaze straight ahead rather
than twist toward the sky.