Embryo in the womb pose is a variation of the lotus pose. If it is too difficult or painful to get into full lotus pose, it is possible to start with half lotus pose. After finding comfort in half lotus pose, continue practicing the pose in full lotus.
This pose provides exercise for both the upper and lower body. It is particularly good for women, especially those who are pregnant, and can be practiced up through the first trimester. It strengthens the arms, opens the hip joints, dissolves fat in the lower abdomen, and wards off diseases of the liver and spleen. Moreover, this pose connects the body and the soul as one enters the posture by calming the mind.