The english name for this is either diamond position or thunderbolt position. Vajra literally means diamond in Sanskrit. Vajrayudha is the thunderbolt weapon of Indra, the God of thunder in Hindu mythology. Like Padmasana, this is also the Asana for meditation. One can sit comfortably for a prolonged period in this Asana.
- Start this asana in sitting positionon a yoga mat, with legs extended in front of you.
- Fold the left leg at the knee and place the toe on the floor.
- Fold the right leg at the knee and place the toe on the floor and join the two toes.
- Sit on the pit formed by the parted heels.
- Place the palms on the knees.
It is important to keep the spine, the neck and the head, upright in one straight line in this Asana. Keep the sight fixed at the level of the height. Keep your hands relaxed. The weight of the body should be on the spine. Continue smooth breathing, when the final position is attained.
Benefits of Vajrasana
- This asana helps digestion and eliminates constipation.
- Constant and systematic practice of this asana strengthens knees, legs, thighs and pelvic muscles.
- This asana energizes Kandasthana, the center of 72,000 nadis (subtle channels of energy in the human body).