all wrong

garbha pindasana -- the WRONG way

I was exceedingly proud of myself for being able to thread my arms through my lotus and successfully roll in a circle for garbha pindasana. That was until I discovered that I was threading my right arm through at the wrong part of my lotus. My teacher stopped me just as I was beginning to roll backwards. She just laughed when I said, “Ahhhh. No wonder my right arm was so far away from my ear.”

However, the correct spot to thread my arm through seemed to be absent from MY lotus. I began reworking my lotus – tightening it up so that it doesn’t fall apart at the seams when arms are finding the space between the calf and thigh.

reworking lotusI found out, the hard way, that it is better to interlace your fingers around your lotus rather than rotating one arm in to lock your hands. A few times doing this earned me a nice bruise on my inner wrist.

Apparently, that is also NOT the right way to do it either. So I continue to work on it — daily within my practice and other times too.

I have found that it is possible for me to achieve: skin does indeed become slippery when wet.  Albeit encouraging, this does not mean that I can regularly get there during my daily practice. I must continue to do the work of opening my hips and ankles in order to find space for my arms.

Still… this gives me hope that I won’t always have it all wrong.

Garbha Pindasana in progress


Some day, I may just get it right.



  • tilde


    June 10, 2014
  • Thanks, Tilde. You know how I love practicing in this sunny spot in my room. I think it sort of brings out the light from within.

    June 11, 2014

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