WHAT IS VAJRASANA?


What is Vajrasana?

Vajrasana is a sitting posture. It can be considered as a meditative posture used for meditation. It is made up of two words Vajra and asana. It is derived from the Sanskrit word Vajra which means Thunderbolt pose or Diamond pose. It is also called kneeling pose in hatha Yoga. Vajrasana means powerful condition, giving digestive power, semen power and nervous power.

How to do Vajrasana?

  • Sit straight on the ground.
  • Extend both the legs straight forward keeping them together.
  • Both the hands should be kept on the sides of the body with palms resting on the ground and fingers pointing forward.
  • Now fold the right leg while bending the knee and place the foot of the right leg under the right buttock.
  • Now similarly, fold the left leg while bending the knee and place the left foot under the left buttock.
  • Now position both the heels in a way so that the thumbs of the toes are touching.
  • Now make sure that the position of the buttocks is between the heels.
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  • Keep both the hands on the knees.
  • Now, keep the spine straight and erect and focus the gaze in front on one point or simply just close both the eyes.
  • While returning to the original state, bend slightly towards the right side and slowly take the left leg out and extend it forward.
  • Now similarly extend the right leg forward and return back to the original position.
  • Now Close your eyes and breathe normally.
  • This position should be maintained for 10-15 minutes.

What are the benefits of Vajrasana?

  • Regular practice of this asana strengthens the muscles of thighs, calves, lower back, pelvic and legs.
  • Vajrasana helps to strengthen the spine and keeps it erect.
  • Regular practice of this asana stretches ankles, calves, thighs and hips.
  • Regular and proper practice of this asana increases flexibility and tones up the body.
  • Regular practice of Vajrasana enhances blood circulation in lower abdomen or pelvic region and helps to improve the digestive system.
  • It helps to cure gastric problems.
  • Practice of this asana eases the bowel movement.
  • Practice of this asana helps to cure constipation.
  • Practice of this asana helps to cure acidity.
  • Regular and proper practice of this asana stimulates the vajra nadi.
  • It helps to cure ulcer.
  • Regular and proper practice of this asana helps to cure knee and back pain.
  • Regular and proper practice of this asana helps to melt belly and thigh fat.
  • Regular and proper practice of this asana strengthens the immune system.
  • Regular practice of this asana helps to improve the function of the liver.
  • It helps to cure the urinary problems.
  • Regular and proper practice of this asana helps to increase energy and stamina.
  • Regular practice of this asana detoxifies the body.
  • Regular practice of this asana helps to cure multi skin disease.
  • Practice of this asana improves the body posture.
  • Practice of this asana is very beneficial for females as it helps to reduce the cramps and menstrual pain.
  • Regular practice of this asana also helps in sciatica problem.
  • This asana is very beneficial for those women who have given birth as it helps to cure the post-delivery pain.
  • Regular and proper practice of this asana helps to cure respiratory problems.
  • Vajrasana is one of the best asana for meditation.

What are the therapeutic benefits of Vajrasana?

  • As it is a meditative asana, regular and proper practice of it relieves stress and cures anxiety.
  • This is a meditative pose so it is very beneficial for practice of Pranayama
  • It helps to cure mood swings.
  • Regular practice of Vajrasana is help to attain a calm and relaxed state of mind.
  • Regular practice of Vajrasana helps to improve the function of nerves.
  • Regular practice of this asana strengthens the sexual organs.
  • Practice of this asana is beneficial for people who have Hypertension.
  • Regular practice of Vajrasana helps to reduce lower back pain.

What are the precautions of Vajrasana?

  • People who have undergone any major Ankle, knee or back and Hip related surgery/surgeries should avoid doing this asana for at least 9 to 12 months after it and if they want to start this after the mentioned period of time, they should discuss it with their doctor.
  • Acute Arthritis patients should avoid the practice of this asana.
  • People who have severe back pain should avoid the practice of this yoga pose.
  • Those suffering from the problem of piles should avoid the practice of this asana.
  • Those who are suffering from severe knee pain and ankle injury should avoid the practice of this asana.
  • Those who have any spinal column aliments, especially on the lower vertebrae should avoid the practice of this asana.
  • Peoples suffering from hernia, intestinal ulcers and small and large intestinal diseases should practice this asana under the expert guidance.
  • Pregnant women should do this asana by keeping a slight gap in their knees so that there is no pressure on the stomach.
  • During the later period of pregnancy, this asana should be performed very carefully and only after consulting a doctor and only in the presence of a professional yoga trainer.

Vajrasana is the only posture that can be performed after eating.

  • Most of the asanas are practiced on an empty stomach.
  • Vajrasana is one of the few exceptions. We can safely perform Vajrasana after a meal
  • It is a magical yoga asana for better digestion.
  • It is more effective if performed immediately after a meal.
  • In some South-East Asian countries, people even sit in Vajrasana while eating.
  • Regular and proper practice of Vajrasana for 15 to 20 minutes after meal removes all the digestive system related problems.

What are the tips for Beginners?

  • In the beginning, according to one’s convenience, one should first practice sitting in Vajrasana and gradually increase the time.
  • Beginners can do this asana for about 2-5 minutes minimum.
  • If one feels unnecessary stretch and tension in legs and knees while sitting in Vajrasana, then one should sit with both legs spread in front and bring the feet alternatively below the knee.
  • We can place a folded bed sheet/blanket or cushion in between the ankles and buttocks for comfort.

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