Pinda means an embryo or foetus, this posture resembles that of an embryo in the womb, hence the name.
1. Continuing to the next variation in the shoulderstand sequence, from Upward Facing Lotus ( Urdhva Padmasana ), the crossed lotus legs fold down at the hips towards the head.
2. Release the hands from the back support and clasp the legs.
3. While clasping the legs try and maintain length in the side waist and bring the chest towards the chin while keeping the chin raised to allow the natural curvature in the cervical spine.
4. Over time, the rounding of the back will lessen, as more stability comes over the shoulders.
5. The breath needs to be soft with sound as the entire body is flooded with full awareness.
6. The gaze can be at the nose tip.
7. As always we give modifications to work towards the full posture and it does not matter if we never reach this particular form.
8. Learning in the class environment is crucial for correct technique.
In all the shoulderstand variations, breathing at first will be laboured, so try to soften the breath more and more at each attempt. The hips and knees will benefit from the clasping of the legs towards the trunk.
The change of crossing the legs brings equal pressure on both sides of the abdomen and colon and relieves constipation. Stomach pain is also relieved from doing this posture. Strength in the side waist, lower abdomen and shoulders is enhanced, while soft, steady breathing will bring balance and stillness.