Krounchasana (crown-CHAHS-anah) stretches the front of the ankles and the joints and muscles of the legs. The pose stimulates the abdominal organs, which tones the core and improves digestion. Also, the pose helps those with flat feet.
Krounchasana develops stability and centeredness in the mind. The forward bend also calms the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety.
Those with ankle, knee or hip injuries should avoid this pose. Also, women who are menstruating should not take Krounchasana. People with low back injury or pain may need to modify the pose.