1In Sanskrit “Vajira” means “Iron and steel”, and “asana” meaning pose. The English name of this asana is “Thunderbolt Pose”.
Position : Sitting
Type : Meditative
Spiritual Awareness : Mooladhara
Physical Awareness : Upper back, knees, spine, lower addomen
Dosha Suitability : Best advisable for Vata, whereas Pita and Kapha can also
Introducery Asanas : Ardha Shalabhasan, Shalabhasan
- Kneel on the floor, knees close together and big toes together, separate the heels. (Use a folded blanket to pad your knees, shins and feet if necessary).
- Inhale and exhale with awareness and sit in between the heels onto the insides of the feet.
- Place hands on the knees, palms down.
- Back and neck are straight but not tense. Eyes are closed, breathing is normal. Relax the arms and whole body. Focus on your breath.
- Variation: Virasana: Hero’s pose. From kneeling position, slide your feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Wedge your thumbs into the backs of your knees and draw the skin and flesh of the calf muscles toward the heels. Exhale and sit down between your feet.
Followup Asanas: Makarasan, Balasan, Shavasana
Spotlight Effects: Upper back.
- Increases efficiency of entire digestive system.
- This asana can be practiced after taking food also.
- Calms the mind and bring stability in mind.
- Increases blood circulation.
- Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles.
- Strengthens the arches.
- A preferable posture for meditation and concentration.
- Strengthens sexual organs.
- Modifies blood flow in the lower pelvic region.
- Better in high blood pressure.
- Cures urinary problems.
- Good for obese people.
- Relieves gas.
- Cures constipation, acidity, and other stomach disorders.
- Helps to relieve menstrual disorders.
- Reduces swelling of the legs during pregnancy (through second trimester).
- Important meditation posture for people suffering from sciatica.
- Helps with arthritis and back pain.
Precautions and Contraindications:
- People with joint pain should not practice.
- Knee or ankle injury.