This seated balance pose strengthens the core, stretches the hips, improves focus, and more. Here’s how to do Embryo In the Womb Pose…
Embryo In the Womb Pose (Garbha Pindasana) – also known as Full Lotus Bind – is a unique advanced-level yoga pose that requires plenty of flexibility in the knees, hips, and ankles, and is common in Ashtanga yoga practices. This pose targets the hips, lower back, core muscles, ankles, knees, and legs, provides a great stretch for the hips and legs, builds core strength, massages the abdominal organs, and may help to reduce fatigue and boost your energy.
This hip-opening pose is especially beneficial for pregnant women in the first trimester, as it is believed to help prepare the body and position the fetus correctly for delivery. It can also help to relieve abdominal and menstrual cramps, and may help to lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and relieve stomach issues. It is also believed to help purify the liver and the spleen, activate the first three chakras, and unite one’s mind and soul.
To modify the pose, wrap your arms around your legs and hold onto your opposite wrists or hook your fingers together while balancing. You can also do the pose lying on your back, or rock back and forth from the seated pose.
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To deepen the pose, place your palms fully over your ears.
Those with knee, hip, or ankle injuries, or who have recently had abdominal surgery, should avoid this pose.
How to Do Embryo In the Womb Pose:
- Sit in Lotus Pose.
- Lift your knees and thread your hands through your legs one at a time. Your elbows must come through the other side with your forearms facing the sky.
- Bend your arms with an exhale and rest your palms on your cheeks, fingers near your ears. Balance on your sacrum.
- Hold the pose and take several normal breaths. Eyes may be open or closed.
- Lower your legs with an exhale and release your arms.
- Repeat with the other leg on top.
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