This asana is a sitting asana in yoga. The position is like a kneeling position sitting on the heels.
This asana has got its name, after the diamond shape that it takes.
One can sit in Vajrasana while doing breathing exercise or Pranayamas.
Vajra in Sanskrit means Diamond shaped, thunderbolt. Asana means Posture or Pose.
More on Vajrasana
In Yoga, it is always recommended to perform an asana empty stomach.
Vajrasana is one of the few exceptions. One can do this asana immediately after the meal.
It is said that it is most effective after the meal. This asana helps in proper digestion.
Difficulty Level: 1
Note: Difficulty Level increases from 1 to 10. 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest.
How to do Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
- Sit in the kneeling position, with the calves beneath the thighs, keep your hips on your heels.
- Big toes should touch each other. (Image: 4)
- Your hips should be placed on the pit formed by your parted heels. (Image:5)
- Keep your palms on your thighs.
- Sit straight, keep head, neck and spine in a straight line.
- Take long breaths while holding the pose.
- You can close your eyes, for good concentration
Benefits of Vajrasana
- By sitting in this asana, the blood flow in the legs is reduced and enhances in the digestive region or the pelvic region. This increases the efficiency of the digestive system and helps the weak digestive system to digest the full meal.
- Apart from digestion, it prevents acidity and ulcers.
- Also, helps in digestive issues like constipation, gas trouble.
- In this pose, one can perform meditation or pranayama.
- Strengthens the nerves of the thighs and legs.
Precautions of Vajrasana
- Those who have spinal column ailments should not do this asana.
- People who have hernia or intestine ailments (small or large intestine) should practice this pose under experts.
- People having acute trouble in the foot or knees or ankles should refrain from this asana.
- Some people claim Vajrasana to be harmful for knees.
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