Including exercise in any way in your routine helps you stay active. Vajrasana is a yogasana that not only helps you stay active and increase your focus but also has many other health benefits. When you meditate while doing asanas, it removes the negative energies around you. It calms you down and helps you release stress.
You must have read and heard about yoga and its benefits before. There are many Yogasanas and Pranayamas whose practices can prove beneficial for everyone. Vajrasana or Vajra Asana is one of these. Vajrasana Mudra is a simple sitting pose. For this posture, you sit on your knee and then place the weight of your entire body on your knees.
Performing Vajrasana can prove beneficial for many parts of your body. However, it is also necessary to take some precautions during its practice. Let us know from Sohan Singh, the founder of Sohan Yoga International, the right way to perform Vajrasana, its benefits and precautions-
What is Vajrasana?
Vajrasana is made up of two Sanskrit words ‘Vajra’ and ‘Asan’. In mythology, Vajra is the weapon of Indra Dev which is mentioned in Hindu mythology. It means power. Asana means posture, which means this asana – the posture that gives strength. Vajrasana is also known by other names such as Thunderbolt Pose, Adamantine Pose, Diamond Pose, Nosing Pose, and Pelvic Pose. In this asana, you have to sit on your knees and stay in the same position for a few minutes. It works on the thighs, legs, hips, knees, back, and ankles.
Steps to do vajrasana-
- Sit down on your knees.
- Spread the lower part of your legs backwards. (Your calves muscles will feel pressure).
- The toes should meet each other.
- Sit on your ankles. Sit with your hips on your ankles and thighs on your calves muscles.
- Keep your waist straight.
- Keep your head straight and your hands on your knees.
- Close your eyes (if you want to meditate).
- Pay attention to your breath.
- If you are beginning to do yoga, do this initially only for 5-10 minutes.
- After this, you can increase your time from 20 to 30 minutes.
Benefits of Vajrasana
It is very easy to practice this asana and you can do it for 5-10 minutes at any time of the day. And if you are getting many benefits just by sitting for some time in a particular situation, then why don’t you practice it? Here are the benefits of performing Vajrasana which will motivate you to do it-
- Doing any kind of exercise is beneficial for your body in every way. It increases blood circulation in the body. Vajrasana slows down blood flow to the lower part of your body, increasing blood flow to the digestive organs. This strengthens your digestive system and better digestion means reduced acidity and the possibility of ulcers.
- The practise of Vajrasana helps in aligning your waistline, thereby reducing problems of sciatica and lower back pain. If you practice this asana regularly then it will benefit you. If you are suffering from constipation, stomach disease, digestive problems, or acidity, then you must try Vajrasana.
- It makes the lower part of your body flexible, strengthens your sex organs, tones the muscles of the body (hips, thighs, calves), corrects joint pains, and urinary problems.
- Performing Vajrasana strengthens the muscles of the feet. In today’s time, we are sitting for most of the time, due to which the health of the feet can deteriorate. So practice this asana.
- Practising Vajrasana regularly can help you reduce belly fat. It is advisable to practice Vajrasana after meals, it gives relief from flatulence and stomach related problems.
- Performing regular Vajrasana every day will help you reduce your abdominal fat within a few weeks.
- Vajrasana is a meditative posture. By doing this, it reduces the spasticity of the mind and increases concentration.
- Like most yoga asanas, the vajra-asana calms the mind and relaxes the nerves. Taking slow and deep breaths while doing this asana can bring you to a state of meditation.
Precautions while performing Vajrasana
This asana is one of the safest rugs. However, during its practice, you should be careful about some things-
- If you have any knee problem or you have undergone knee surgery in recent times, then you should avoid doing this asana.
- Pregnant women are advised to keep a little gap between their knees at this time if they are practising this asana.
- Never try to put too much force on your spine. You do not need to bend your spine or put more pressure on it to sit.
- Sit as straight as you can naturally and then work on it slowly.
- If you are suffering from intestinal ulcers, hernia, or any other problem related to the large or small intestine, then practice this asana under the guidance of a yoga trainer.
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