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Can you practice Wheel with straight arms and Headstand without strain? Then, you're ready.
What's really being commemorated in this pose's name, and held up as an ideal for all practitioners, is the "spiritual warrior."
A good preparation for most of the seated forward bends, twists, and the wide-leg standing poses.
Purvottanasana counteracts the effects of Chaturanga by stretching the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, and anterior deltoids.
Named for a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, this version of Warrior Pose increases stamina.
The pose as described here is technically known as Prasarita Padottanasana I.
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