In sanskrit, Vajra means diamond or thunderbolt and asana means a pose.This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes - which resembles that of a diamond or thunderbolt.
How to do Vajrasana
- Kneel down. Stretch your legs backwards, keep them together such that big toes of each foot either touch each other or cross each other and the heels should be separated.
- Now, lower the body such that your buttock resting on the heels and thighs on the calf muscles.
- Place the hand on your knees and keep head straight.
- Concentrate on your breath and observe the process of inhalation and exhalation.
- You can also close your eyes and concentrate on the breath and calm the mind.
- Remain in the position for 5-10 minutes.
- Breathe out, relax. Straighten your legs.
Benefits of Vajrasana
- Enhances blood circulation in the lower abdomen improving digestion
- Relieves excessive gas trouble or pain in the abdomen
- Strengthens legs and back
- Regulate blood supply in the pelvic region and strengthens the pelvic muscles
- It is a good meditative pose.
- Helps in rejuvenating and strengthening the genital system and cure problems related to genital organs
Contraindication of Vajrasana
Avoid this pose in case of:
- Knee joint pain
- Any recent surgery of legs, waist.
- Any ailments related to spinal cord.
- If you feel any pain in your ankles, release the pose and massage the ankles with your hand.
- Pregnant women should keep their knees slightly apart while doing this asana in order to avoid pressure over the abdomen.