Garbha Pinda means an embryo in the womb (garbha =womb; pinda = embryo). In Garbha Pindasana, insert the hands and arms in the space between the calves and thighs until the elbows are bent. The arms are then bent up and the hands brought close to the ears. The pose then resembles that of a human foetus in the womb, the differences being that the embryo’s head is down, while the legs are up and not folded in Padmasana.

Garbha Pindasana

Technique

  1. Sit in Padmasana.
  2. Insert the hands in the space between the thighs and calves, each on its own side.
  3. Push the arms forwards till the elbows can be easily bent.
  4. Then, with an exhalation, lift the thighs off the floor, balance the body on the coccyx (the tail bone) and catch the ears with the fingers.
  5. Remain in the pose for about 1 5 to 30 seconds with normal breathing. Lower the legs, release the arms from between the legs one by one, straighten the legs and relax.
  6. Change the crossing of the legs and repeat the pose.

Effects of Garbha Pindasana

In Garbha Pindasana the abdominal organs are contracted completely and the blood is made to circulate well round the organs. This keeps them in trim.

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