Puppy pose is a great heart-opening position.
Sometimes it is also called Anahatasana, or Heart Chakra Pose, because it stimulates that region of love, compassion, gratitude, and empathy.
Puppy Pose is a great stretch for the shoulders and the spine and is known to help release and let go of stored emotions.
It is also a wonderful warm-up for the shoulders before your first Downward Facing Dog. If you’re someone with wrist, shoulder, or other arm injuries Puppy pose can also be used as a modification for Downward Dog.