Like Side Lying Stretch in the Pose Type “Twists, this asana is not normally in the Forward Bends pose type. It would be more properly placed in the pose type Prone, Restorative, or Poses of Completion. However, your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE” placed this asana in this pose type because the effects or benefits of this asana are similar to the overall effects and benefits found in the Forward Bends pose type.
This asana is beginner asana that is similar to the asana “Prone (on Belly) Savasana” (which will be covered in the “Learning the Asanas: Poses of Completion” Lesson). However, this asana has more of a focus placed on the pelvis and stomach (or navel) areas due resting these on the bolster. With this focus, this asana benefits students who need to release back tension as well as is beneficial for women issues like menstrual cramps. This is because it creates space in the back and opens the hips.
For a full break down of how to practice this asana, refer to your “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE” textbook. For a simple breakdown of the chakras affected and how the doshic balance is affected, see below.
Vata This dosha is decreased in this asana.
Pitta This dosha is increased in this asana.
Kapha This dosha is increased in this asana.