Vajrasana is the only asana that can be safely performed after a meal. In fact, it is more effective if performed immediately after a meal. This pose promotes proper digestion.
Vajrasana’s name comes from the Sanskrit word vajra, which means thunderbolt or diamond, Asana means Pose or gesture.
HOW TO DO THE VAJRASANA :
- Kneel down, stretching your lower legs backward and keeping them together. Your big toes and heels should be as closely held as possible.
- Gently lower your body such that your buttocks are resting on your heels and your thighs on your calf muscles.
- Place your hands on your knees, and set your gaze forward with your head absolutely straight.
- Turn your attention to your breathing. Be fully aware of how you breathe and carefully observe as you inhale and exhale.
- You could close your eyes to concentrate on your breathing and to calm your mind.
- Try to stay in this position for a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes.
Benefits of Vajrasana :
- Improves digestion
- Relieves constipation.
- Better digestion prevents ulcers and acidity.
- Relieves lower back problems and sciatica by strengthening the backbone.
- Strengthens the pelvic muscles too.
- Relives labor pains and also reduces menstrual cramps.
- Keep the mind calm and stable and enhance concentration
- Helps to relieve knee pain
- Vajrasana is one of the poses — along with Padmasana, Halasana, Shavasana, and Paschimottanasana — that is useful for hypertension.
- Helps to strengthen the sexual organs and treat urinary problems
- increasing blood circulation to the lower abdominal region
- Helps to reduce weight
Vajrasana — Precautions and Contraindications :
This asana is extremely safe. However, these are a few things you should be cautious about when you start practicing this asana.
- It is best to avoid this asana if you have a knee problem or have undergone surgery on your knees recently.
- Pregnant women should keep their knees slightly apart when they practice this asana so that they avoid putting pressure on their abdomen.
- Try not to overarch or overuse your lumbar spine to sit erect.
Those suffering from intestinal ulcers, hernia, or any other problems related to the large or small intestine should practice this pose under the guidance of a yoga instructor.