This is the second of a few questions I plan to ask regarding the gargoyles of my setting, whom I briefly summarized here, but I'll quote the relevant parts here again:
In my setting, among various other magical creatures, gargoyles exist. They're winged, horned, tailed humanoids (if you picture the Disney show, you'll have an accurate enough mental image to work with) that only become flesh once a month, during the 24 hour period humans don't know about that happens when the moon reaches peak fullness, where time completely stops for all non-magical creatures and the world is flooded with magic. This special "Moontime" magic is the only type of magical energy that gargoyles can absorb to sustain themselves, and so at all other times they enter a state of hibernation where they turn to stone until the next full moon, resembling statues in the meantime.
When the full moon ends, gargoyles must be touching and concentrating on an object made out of a type of rock, be it a statue pedestal, a castle wall, or a cave, and their bodies will transform into whatever type of rock they were touching at the time, be that soapstone, basalt or marble.
The aim of these questions is to determine what sorts of things they'd have learned over the ages to best avoid getting smashed while they experience "the stone sleep". The first question was about what type of stone they'd want to turn into so as to be the most smash-resistant, and the answer seems to be Diabase/Dolerite, though there are some other viable options apparently. This second question is regarding the sorts of poses they'd want to be petrified in.
To be clear, later questions will discuss things like stealth and avoiding being targeted in the first place. This question, like the previous one, is focused on their last line of defense in the worst-case scenario: they've been found by someone who knows what they are and is preparing to destroy them, and they need to take as much punishment as they can before one of their non-gargoyle allies can save them.
One more aspect of gargoyle biology that I feel is important to mention here, as this governs the "fail state" they are trying to avoid: when gargoyles reanimate at Moontime, the magic that reanimates them and returns them to flesh spreads out from their heart to every part of them that is still attached to them. As long as the result can still live (I.E. as long as the heart remains intact and all the vital organs remain connected to it), the gargoyle will come to life, the broken parts will look as if they had successfully survived having them amputated (skin will cover the area and it won't be bleeding), and the broken off parts will come back when they re-petrify at Moontime's end.
So obviously the head is the part of them they most want to keep guarded in whatever pose they enter the stone sleep in. If that gets smashed, there's no coming back from that. Now, if we look at a few traditional gargoyle poses...
...None of them seem all that concerned about protecting the head. And of course, it's hard to look cool or menacing, which was a real-life gargoyle statue's main purpose, if you're guarding your head. So let's assume for the purpose of this question that the gargoyle we are instructing on proper safety positions is not in fact posing on a castle wall or something, but is hidden deeper in the building and is assuming the position most likely to keep them alive if they get hit with a hammer, or an earthquake brings the roof down on them. Looking cool is not a concern here, these gargoyles just want to see the next Moontime alive.
What position would these gargoyles be instructed to assume in order to minimize the risk of sustaining damage they could not recover from?