It’s no fun to practice Yoga out of habit. Each time you unroll your mat is an opportunity to find freshness and joy. When you find yourself in a rut, give birth to a new experience with a fun pose like garbhapindasana, or embryo in the womb pose.
Garbhapindasana is great for bringing in a childlike sense of joy. As you rock back and forth around your mat (one time for each month of gestation), you can't help but smile, let go and enjoy the twists and turns of life. As you come out of the pose and into kukutasana, or rooster pose, you are reborn into a new experience of yourself.
One of the best parts of garbhapindasana is that it’s impossible to control the rocking with your mind. Find this flow and you’ll get in touch with your playful inner child.
Here at Hale Pule, we talk about asana with three designations: essence, anchor and strength. This is a simple tool to remember the intention of the pose, where your body is grounded and the muscles you engage for proper alignment. These components will support optimal energy flow and a sustainable practice throughout your life.
Garbhapindasana from the ground up
Garbhapindasana has three distinct phases: First, padmasana, or lotus pose. Next, rocking on the spine. Finally, kukutasana. If you aren’t yet practicing padmasana, the modification below will do just fine. If kukutasana is new for you, end garbhapindasana by simply rocking forward onto your hands and shifting your gaze up. Eventually you will lift up onto your palms.
If you can’t come into full lotus, you can still enjoy the benefits of garbhapindasana with this variation.
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