This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes – that of a diamond or thunderbolt. One can sit in Vajrasana (Adamintine Pose) at the time of doing pranayamas. This yoga posture is pronounced as vahj-RAH-sah-na.
Vajra = Diamond shaped, thunderbolt; Asana=Posture or Pose.
How to do Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
- Fold both legs, keeping your hips on the heels. Toes pointing out behind you and big toes touching each other.
- Sit on the pit formed by the parted heels.
- Keep the head, neck and spine in a straight line. Palms facing up, placed on your thighs.
- Hold the pose and take long deep breaths.
- Breathe out relax. Straighten your legs.
Benefits of Vajrasana
- Enhances blood circulation in the lower abdomen improving digestion.
- If you sit in Vajrasana after food, food gets digested well.
- Relieves excessive gas trouble or pain.
- Nerves of legs and thighs are strengthened.
- Makes knee and ankle joints flexible and prevents certain rheumatic diseases.
- In Vajrasana, the spine is erect without much effort. It is also beneficial for practice of pranayam and as a preparatory for meditation.
- Acute trouble or stiffness in foot, ankle and knees.
- Slip disc conditions.
- Those who have difficulty in movement should practice this asana with a lot of care.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained Art of Living Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and an Art of Living Yoga teacher. Find an Art of Living Yoga course at an Art of Living Center near you. Do you need information on courses or share feedback? Write to us [email protected]