Vajrasana is a simple yoga poses, which is idle for the beginners it is a simple ‘sitting asana’. Vajrasana is also known as Thunderbolt Pose or kneeling poses in which a person sits on a knee for about 15-20 minutes.
It is a basic asana that is performed simply in a sitting position, like other breathing asana known as Pranayama, Anulon Vilomn, and Kapalabhati.
What is Vajrasana?
The word Vajrasana came from two Sanskrit words (Vajra + asana) the word “Vajra” means diamond or thunderbolt and the word “Asana” means to sit or pose. It is said that doing this asana the body becomes as strong as a diamond so it is named as a diamond pose or Adamantine Pose.
There are over all fourteen basic asanas that can be practiced for physical energy and for the digestive system. Vajrasana is mostly performed or related to the digestive system that helps to ease digestive disorders.
Therefore, Vajrasana asanas are mainly advised in therapeutic yoga to a person who has been stuck with digestive problems as well as sexual problems.
What Is The Science Behind Vajrasana
Vajrasana is a meditative yoga pose in which the practitioner needs to stay calm, steady and firm. It might look like as an easy pose, but it’s not as sitting in this pose can be quite challenging.
In the beginning of practicing this pose, you might feel acute pain and unrest in mind, but regular practice can make you perfect. Regular practice of Vajrasana can help you in developing the willpower and concentration for performing this yogic pose for a long duration of time.
Vajrasana is a yoga posture when sitting with your legs limits the blood flow in the legs and boosts blood circulation in the lower pelvic region and increases the efficiency of the digestive system.
Steps To Do Yoga Vajrasana
Before starting a practice with Vajrasana pose you can begin with preparatory poses or warm-up poses such as Ardha Shalabhasana or Shalabhasana which can help to accomplished Vajrasana pose or Thunderbolt pose.
These preparatory poses for Vajrasana can help you to gently stretch your muscles and also help you that don’t get a muscle pull while doing this pose. Below is the step wise guide on how you should get started with Vajrasana yoga poses.
Step 1: Begin with bending your knees, now sit on your buttocks.
Step 2: Make sure that the sides of your soles are close together.
Step 3: Now interlock your both big toes.
Step 4: Now try to maintain your posture position in such a way that your spine and neck are absolutely straight.
Step 5: Now place you’re both palms on your both knees and relax you’re both shoulders.
Step 6: Maintain balance your body in this position and take deep and even breaths at a time.
Step 7: Make sure that you don’t lean your body backward or allow your spine to arch backward.
Step 8: Now firmly close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing with conscious.
Step 9: slowly Inhale and exhale, keep your mind, body relax completely.
Step 10: Sit in this particular pose for about 2 minutes. Later on, when you are used to it, you can increase this to 15-20 minutes.
Note: make sure you perform these Vajrasana yoga pose steps carefully and do not make any changes to them. If required consult your yoga teacher. It is important to follow the Vajrasana steps so that you get the maximum benefits of this asana.
How To Release From Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
To release from Vajrasana pose, move both your hands aside from your knees. Gently raise your knees and try to put your weight on your toes.
Then straighten your legs so that you can return to a seated position. Take care that while moving your body from Vajrasana to any of the other poses, it should be slow and smooth rhythm.
Make sure that before shifting to the next static pose get calm in position for 10 -20 seconds with mindful breathing. This will help you focus and be mindful of your movements.
9 Vajrasana Variations For Yogis
- Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)
- Ardha Kurmasana
- Utthana Kurmasana
- Mandukasana (Frog Pose)
- Ananda Mandirasana
- Supta Vajrasana
Benefits Of Yoga Vajrasana
1.Help to lose weight
Healthy digestion improves the absorption of nutrients from food and boost metabolic rate. Metabolic rate is the calorie of our body that burns food every hour which can lead to weight loss.
Boost digestive system: While sitting in Vajrasana pose the flow of blood is reduced towards legs and is diverted towards the digestive region of the body which then increases the efficiency of the digestive system.
2.It Detoxifies body
Detoxifying body in simple term is defining as healthy excretion by getting rid of any toxins which lead to healthier you.
3.It Strengthen spine
Vajrasana is a posture that has a proven effect of the spine, the person who practiced this yoga for a 2-3 month regularly is found to have a stronger spine and it also helped them in eliminating other lower back problems.
4.It Improves Arthritis condition
It is found that a lack of digestive system leads to various ailments and also leads to inflammation that causes joint pain. Healthy digestive systems can absorb nutrients in an efficient way.
5.It Relieves stress
There are many yoga postures related to breathing exercises. Vajrasana also one of them that is related to rhythmic breathing patterns which helps in relieving stress and anxiety.
6.It Improves immune system
The immune system is directly related to the digestive system and 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system. Performing Vajrasana regularly can help in maintaining healthy digestion that can result in an improved immune system.
7.It makes skin Glow
The health of the skin is also related to digestion, if digestion is powerful it can acquire the nutrients from the food and can make skin glowing. Bad digestions are often observed to have multiple skin diseases.
8.Improve sexual disorders
Vajrasana pose is also known to cure sexual diseases. Vajrasana pose can cure sexual disorder in two basic ways. Firstly it improves the blood flow towards the abdominal area which can help in better erection; secondly, it also helps to reduce stress which improves the increased libido and testosterone level.
Precautions And Contraindications
Like other asanas, this asana must also be done with precaution as safely. While performing these asanas, these are a few things you should be cautious about, below are some Precautions you should follow while practicing this asana.
- If you have knee problems or have undergone any surgery related to knees recently, strictly avoid this asana.
- Pregnant women are advised to perform these asanas with extreme care, they should keep their knees slightly. Apart from when practicing this asana so that the pressure on their abdomen is avoided.
- If you are suffering from the problems related to the spinal column or lower vertebrae it is best to avoid this pose.
- The people having ailments related to hernia, intestinal ulcers or other problems related to the large or small intestine should practice this pose under the guidance of a yoga instructor.