Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose): Steps, benefits, and precautions

Vajrasana is derived from the Hindi word vajra which means a bolt of lightning. It is an excellent asana for solving digestive system problems and is the only asana that can be practiced even after taking food. It actually helps your body to digest food properly.

Read on to know the right ways to practice Vajrasana and also the benefits to your body. You will also need to know the precautions to be taken while doing this asana.

A Girl doing a Vajrasana. It is also called the thunderbolt pose.

Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose) steps: The right way to do to practice Thunderbolt pose

To practice Thunderbolt pose  in the right way, follow the steps given below:

1)- Firstly, Sit down on the ground with your knees bent.
2)- The big toes of your foot should cross each other whereas the sole of your foot should be apart.
3)- Slowly keep your body in such a position that your buttocks touch your heel and your thigh relaxes your calf muscles.
4)- Place your hands on your knees.
5)- Keep your head and spine straight, but don’t stress yourself too much.
6)- Do not tilt your spine backward.
7)- Close your eyes and relax your body. Just breathe in and out slowly.
8)- Practice asana as far as possible. Especially when you have taken your meal.
9)- If you do not feel comfortable at first, start with at least 5 minutes daily and gradually increase the time.

Benefits of Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose)

There are many benefits of practising Thunderbolt pose :

  • Prevents acidity and ulcers.
  • Strengthens your pelvic muscles.
  • It helps your body to digest food properly.
  • Relaxes your nerves and calms your mind.
  • Relaxes your back, shoulder and neck muscles.
  • Helps relieve lower back pain and sciatica pain.
  • Childbirth helps to relieve pain and menstrual cramps.
  • Helps you to relieve stress and anxiety.

Precuations to take while practicing vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose)

The following precautions should be taken before practicing Thunderbolt pose:

  • If you are suffering from a hernia, intestinal ulcers, and other intestinal diseases, it is best to seek professional guidance before practicing this asana.
  • If you have recently undergone knee surgery, do not practice this asana.
  • Avoid practicing Vajrasana if you are suffering from a spinal disorder.
  • It will take time for your back muscles to become stronger. Be patient and do not push yourself to practice this asana.
  • Pregnant women are advised to keep their knees slightly apart while practicing this asana. But practice it only under the guidance of well-trained personnel.

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