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Monday, January 4, 2010

Vajrasana - Diamond Pose - Thunderbolt Pose

Vajrasana is one of the simplest Yoga Asanas. Anyone can do it without putting more stress on the parts of his or her body. One can sit comfortably for a prolonged period in this Asana. "Vajra" or the thunderbolt, the powerful weapon of Indra is the allegory behind this particular yoga asana. Vajrasana is also known as the Diamond Pose. The term Vajrasana is derived from two Sanskrit words Vajra means thunderbolt and Asana means pose. The word Vajra can also translate as "va" + ra where va means to move and ra means radiant. According to its literal meaning it, Vajrasana is a pose that radiates blood supply and subtle energies to upper body.

Procedure for Doing Vajrasana - Diamond Pose - Thunderbolt Pose

  • Lower yourself to your knees if you are in a standing position.
  • Bring your knees together, maintaining your balance.
  • Slide your feet and lower legs together.
  • Lay your feet flat on the mat, toes pointing straight out behind you.
  • Lean back gently, seating yourself on your heels.
  • Straighten your back and maintain good posture throughout the pose.
  • Breathe in deeply as you begin to place your hands, palms down, on the tops of your thighs.
  • Exhale through your nose as your palms come to a rest on your thighs.
  • Continue to breathe gently and evenly through your nose as you hold the diamond pose for 3 to 5 minutes. If you are meditating, you may hold this pose for your entire meditation session.

Benefits of Vajrasana - Diamond Pose - Thunderbolt Pose

There are several benefits of Vajrasana and other asanas connected to it

  1. It is great for your digestive system and helps to strengthen it and treat problems related to it.
  2. It also gets rid of excess wind or gas in your belly and promotes good digestion.
  3. It is beneficial to practice this asana after having your meals as it aids digestion.
  4. This asana or pose is also great to add strength to your calf and thigh muscles.

Vajrasana - Diamond Pose - Thunderbolt Pose Video