The first variation of Vasisthasana in this tutorial is therapeutic for wrists and shoulders. It can be practiced independently from the other versions of the pose. It helps to prepare the body for the more advanced weight bearing variations that follow. Eventually Vasisthasana is an “arm balance” where you support the body weight with just one arm. Like most of the other arm balances this pose strengthens the arms and the whole body. Once you are proficient with your balance you are ready for the final stage where you balance on one hand and foot. This final version of the pose gives a thorough extension to the leg muscles. This pose is energizing and builds a sense of balance, confidence and stability.