For the Athlete, this pose is an amazing option to strengthen the back and improve abdominal strength. From agile soccer players to acrobatic hoop stars, it is always important and obvious to spend time on these areas for most favorable performance.
It also gives the athlete the opportunity to observe the asymmetries mentioned above. And finally this strengthens the hip flexors and quads; all a sport star has to do is hold this position for several minutes to know they need work in this area!
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:
Have fun exploring this pose and learning about your body.