Fetal Pose

Parsva garbhasana

What is Fetal Pose?

Fetal pose, or parsva garbhasana in Sanskrit, is usually used as a transition between corpse pose and sitting. From corpse, the yogi turns to their side and rests the head on the arm with the legs bent. The pose is relaxing for both body and mind.


  • Lie in savasana.
  • Turn to one side, extending the bottom arm and bending the knees.
  • Rest the head on the arm. Keep the eyes closed.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • No known cautions

Benefits of Fetal Pose

  • Relaxes the body and mind
  • Provides a safe transition between lying and sitting

Fetal Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Parsva garbhasana
Pronunciation: PARSH-vah gar-BHAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Bhrumadhye (Third Eye)
Pose Type: Restorative

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