Embryo in the Womb Pose
Definition - What does Embryo in the Womb Pose mean?
Embryo in the womb pose is an advanced yoga pose that requires flexibility in the hips, knees and shoulders.
Begin in a seated position with legs extended forward. The right foot is brought on top of the left thigh, then the left foot on top of the right thigh, bringing the body into lotus pose. Hands slide through the gap between the calves and the thighs (close to the knees). The arms are then pushed forward, up through to the elbows while the thighs are lifted off the floor; hands touch or reach towards the ears. The pose should be held for 10 - 30 seconds, or for as long as feels comfortable. The body should be balancing on the tailbone.
Embryo in the womb pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, garbha pindasana.
Yogapedia explains Embryo in the Womb Pose
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.