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"Vajrasana"| The Thunderbolt Yoga Pose| Steps& Benefits


Vajrasana (adamantine yoga pose) is a sitting yoga posture. The name comes from the Sanskrit word vajra, a weapon named "vajra" or "diamond". Vajrasana Thunderbolt Pose, Diamond Pose, is a knee posture in hatha yoga and is a modern exercise.

"Vajrasana"| The Thunderbolt Yoga Pose| Steps& Benefits


Benefits


There are numerous health benefits of Vajrasana. Some of which include...

  • Improve digestion
  • Enhance blood circulation in the lower abdomen
  • Relieves excessive gas trouble or pain
  • Strengthen pelvic muscles
  • Prevents from certain rheumatic diseases
  • Reduce menstrual cramps
  • Relieves back pain
  • Strengthen Sex organs
  • Relieve or prevent constipation
  • Reduce obesity

How to do it?



"Vajrasana"| The Thunderbolt Yoga Pose| Steps& Benefits


  • Begin by kneeling on the floor with your legs straight. Use a yoga mat for your comfort.
  • Slowly bend your legs one by one, keeping your hips between your feet and on your heels. Your toes should be pointing out behind you and big toes touching each other.
  • Form a pit using your heels and sit on it. Keep your head, neck, and spine aligned.
  • Place your palms on your thighs, facing up with your arms relaxed. Hold the pose for some time.
  • After a few breaths, relax and straighten your legs.

Contraindication & Caution


You should avoid Vajrasana if you have...

  • Knee injury/pain or recent knee surgery
  • Spinal injury/pain
  • Intestinal problems such as ulcer or hernia
  • If you are pregnant, ask your doctor about it or do it in the presence of a yoga instructor.


Variation of Vajrasana


Supta Vajrasana

"Vajrasana"| The Thunderbolt Yoga Pose| Steps& Benefits


Supta Vajrasana is an advanced version of Vajrasana. It is also called "The reclining" Vajrasana. One should practice it only after being comfortable in Vajrasana. Compare to Vajrasana, it demands more strength and flexibility of the spine. In this yoga pose, the upper body reclines backwards.

Benefits


This asana helps to get rid of certain defects of the spine. In this asana, your spine is arched backwards and hence the spine becomes flexible and elastic. Some health benefits of Supta Vajrasana are...

  • Relieves menstrual pain
  • Increase the flexibility and strength in your ankles and knee
  • Strengthen lower back muscles
  • Activates the thorax, the spine and the neck
  • Activates all the cells of the pancreas and increase the blood supply in the pancreas
  • Stimulates secretion from all glands and makes glands active
  • Strengthens muscles and joints of your legs
  • Alleviates the disorders of stomach organs, liver, kidney and spleen
  • Increases the efficiency of the digestive system
  • Panacea for indigestion, gas trouble, constipation and piles

How to do it?


  • Sit in Vajrasana and place both hands behind you on the floor.
  • Slowly bend the torso backwards with the support of your elbow and gently place the head on the ground.
  • Now gently close your eyes, inhale and exhale slowly. Stay in the posture for at least 30 seconds initially. Gradually increase this period to three minutes.
While lying in this pose, your spine should not touch the ground completely. Only the upper part of it touches the floor.

Contraindication & Caution


Avoid this yoga pose if you have...

  • Injury/pain in your ankles, knee or recent knee or ankle surgery
  • Pain in lower back or quads
  • Spinal injury/pain
  • Avoid this yoga pose during pregnancy


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