You may have also heard this asana referred to as Supported Side Lying Stretch or Reclined Side Stretch Pose. As stated in your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE”, this asana is not traditionally placed in the Twists pose type. However, it is placed here because, like twists, this asana opens the sides of the body which makes this asana a great choice if you are looking to increase your energy. For an example of this asana, see the below video. Note that this video shows a slight variation where the top leg is out in front of the body instead of both being together and in line with the body.
Some benefits of this asans is that because it focuses on the middle to upper back and psoas, it helps with relieving minor back pain. However, keep in mind that if you or your students have had back or shoulder surgery you should avoid this pose or speak with your doctor before practice. It should also be avoided during menstruation and if you are pregnant.
For a breakdown on how to practice this asana, along with information on what chakra is affected and how this asana affects the doshic balance of the body, refer to your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE”. For a simple break down of the chakra and doshic balance, see below.
Vata This dosha is increased in this asana.
Pitta This dosha is increased in this asana.
Kapha This dosha is decreased in this asana.