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Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)


Vajrasana
is an Indian translation for Thunderbolt pose. Vajrasana is an important meditation posture so as to give the body an upright and straight posture without any extra effort. This asana is even employed among Muslims and Zen Buddhists as prayer and meditational posture. One who finds Padmasana or Siddhasana uncomfortable may practice Vajrasana for meditational purposes. In this asana, the vital breath (prana) flows from Muladhara to Sahasrahdhara which helps in  meditation. It stimulates the vajra nadi, activates prana in shushumna and redirects sexual energy to the brain for spiritual purposes. There is no time limit for the practice of this asana. Practice this particularly after meal, for at least 5 minutes to enhance the digestive system. During the acute digestive disorder, practice abdominal breathing in this asana for 100 breaths before and after meals. You can learn this asana below:


Variation I Variation II

Variation I:

  • Get in the Vajrasana pose as aforementioned.
  • Block breathing flow through nostrils.
  • Place the left or right big toe over each other.
  • This depends on the predominant air flow via left or right nostril.
  • This balances the breathing flow in the left and right nostrils related to Ida and Pingala Nadis.
  • Eventually this helps in tranquilizing the mind.
Routine Benefits
Consciousness  

Variation II:

  • Hold the feet apart so that big toes are quite apart from each other
  • Get in the Vajrasana pose with the buttocks flat on the floor.
  • This stimulates muladhara chakra

Routine Benefits
Consciousness  

Routine:

  • Bend the knees and sit on the buttocks.
  • Maintain close sole distance.
  • Interlock the fingers.
  • Maintain the spinal chord and the neck straight.
  • Place the palms on the knees and relax the shoulder.
  • Balance the body in this position.
  • Avoid excessive backward spinal arch.
  • Keep your eyes closed and remain conscious towards breathing.
  • Place both the toes on each other if your body is flexible.

Consciousness:

  • Physical- on the breathing and mental peace.
  • Spiritual- on Manipura Chakra.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the pelvic muscles.
  • Prevents hernia.
  • Relieves piles.
  • Digestion.
  • Constipation.
  • Dilated testicles and hydrocele.
  • Hyper acidity and peptic ulcer.
  • Assists in labor.
  • Alleviates menstrual disorder.
  • Sciatica and sacral infections.
  • Slip disc.
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Techniques adapted from Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami
Satyananda published by Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar.

            
      

 
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