Sanskrit Name: Garbha Pindasana (गर्भ पिंडासन)
English Name: Embryo in Womb Pose or Fetus pose or Embryo pose
Type of Yoga: Ashtanga Yoga
Level of Yoga: Advanced / Intermediate
Duration: As per your capability or 30 to 60 seconds
Target Area: Thighs, Abdomen, Knees, Shoulders, Ankles, Hips, Arms, Spine
Strengthens: Abdomen, Uterus, Rectum
Garbha Pindasana is a very challenging pose. This is an intermediate or advanced stage yoga pose. So, if you are new to yoga then do not try to practice this asana of your own. You must seek help from a yoga expert before practicing this asana.
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What Does It Mean By Garbha Pindasana?
The term Garbha Pindasana has come from three Sanskrit language words
Where the first word is “Garbha (गर्भ)”, which means “Womb”
The second word is “Pinda (पिंड)”, which means “Embryo”
And the third word is “Asana (आसन)”, which means “Yoga Pose”
The Garbha Pindasana is also known as Embryo in Womb Pose or Fetus Pose or Embryo Pose in English. This yoga pose is especially helpful for the pregnant women and thus this pose is practiced through the 1st trimester of the pregnancy. It’s believed to assist as well as prepare the fetus of the pregnant woman for correct placing at birth.
Method of Doing Garbha Pindasana:
- To do this asana, at first, lay flat on the floor or on a yoga mat
- Then sit in the posture of Padmasana or Lotus Pose
- Then tilt the body slightly backward and bring the knees back towards the body
- After this, take the hands through your thighs
- Now fold the elbows and make palms together or hold your mouth with your palms
- Hold on to this posture about 30 to 60 seconds and breathe normally
- Then gradually come back to the initial state
- Repeat this posture twice or more
Precautions to Garbha Pindasana:
If there is an injury in knees, ankles, and hips then you should avoid doing this posture
One must practice this asana under the supervision of a yoga expert as the pose is of a challenging one
If you have gone through abdominal surgery recently then you must keep yourself away from practicing Garbha Pindasana (Embryo in Womb Pose)
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Benefits of Garbha Pindasana:
Just like other yoga Asanas, Garbha Pindasana (Embryo in Womb Pose) has a handful number of health benefits. However, to get the complete benefits of the Garbha Pindasana you must practice this asana on a daily basis. Without consistency yoga practice is nothing. You need to practice yoga regularly to get its complete benefits. Here are the benefits of Garbha Pindasana (Embryo in Womb Pose):
- Regular practice of Garbha Pindasana results in instability in the body and mind, and balance of body also becomes. Due to which the concentration increases.
- Garbha Pindasana is a good posture to remove excess fat deposited in the stomach
- The embryo in Womb Pose is an advanced yoga that requires flexibility in knees, ankles, and hips.
- It is especially beneficial for pregnant women and can be practiced in the first trimester
- Yoga posture provides exercise to both the upper and lower body of the practitioner of this pose
- It is believed that this posture helps in preparing the embryo for the right position at birth
- The practice of this asana provides complete spine relief, especially the lower spinal muscles making them stress less.
- By regularizing the Embryo in Womb Pose, it strengthens the uterus and rectum
- To do this posture it is a belief that this asana helps in a spiritual union between the mind and the soul
- Regular practice of this posture improves the digestive system of the body and it also treats all types of stomach disorders.