This pose will prepare you for utthita hasta padangusthasana, which is the same pose only standing up.
Once you create the muscle memory of the pose while you are laying down adding the standing balance element becomes easier.
For the athlete, this pose is as said essential for the health of the hamstring. I find it a better choice than seated forward bend, because athletes with tight hamstrings tend to over pull their back doing seated forward bend.
This lying pose makes the back a non issue. This pose is for athletes who depend on their legs to be open and agile. Grab a partner and get them to carefully help push the stretching leg further and further.
Although you should always consult your physician and research a properly trained yoga teacher before starting a yoga practice, there are a few instances where you should avoid this pose entirely:
- If you have high blood pressure
- Serious neck issues
- Recent knee surgery
Have fun exploring this pose and learning about your body.