Benefits: Strengthens the spine. Stretches the chest, the lungs, the shoulders and the abdomen. Firms the buttocks. Stimulates the abdominal organs. Helps relieve stress and fatigue. Opens the heart and the lungs. Soothes the sciatica. Therapeutic for asthma. Traditional texts say that Bhujangasana increases body heat, destroys disease, and awakens Kundalini.