A kneeling pose which is normally used by yogis during the practice of pranayama or breathing exercises. It’s believed that if you practice this asana regularly, then your body will become as strong as diamond.
Vajra-Thunderbolt or Diamond | Asana-Pose
This asana is pronounced as vahj-RAH-sah-na, Sanskrit- वज्रासन. Vajrasana posture resembles a diamond or thunderbolt. This pose is also called as an Adamintine pose. An effective pose to practice immediately after a meal which promotes digestion.
Benefits of Diamond Pose
- This pose helps to improve digestion and cures constipation. Thus, prevents ulcers and acidity.
- Stretches your back and relieves from sciatica and lower back problems.
- Strengthens pelvic muscles and regulates blood circulation in the lower abdomen region.
- Helps to ease out menstrual cramps and ease out labor pains.
- This is one of the best poses to be in a meditative state to calm your mind.
This asana is purely safe, but if you have any recent medical concerns, then it’s always advisable to discuss with your doctor before practising yoga poses. Practitioners suffering from knee injuries, spinal column ailments on the lower vertebrae should not practice this pose. People having recent knee surgery should avoid this pose. Women should keep their knees slightly apart to avoid pressure on their abdomen during pregnancy. Those suffering from a hernia or intestinal problems should practice under the guidance of a yoga instructor.
Steps to do a perfect Diamond Pose
- Start with kneeling down position. Now, stretch your legs backwards by keeping them together. Ensure that your big toes should cross each other.
- Rest your buttocks on your heels and thighs on calf muscles.
- Now, place your hands on your knees, keep your spine straight and gaze forward with your head straight.
- Bring your attention to your breathing. Become fully aware of how you breathe and observe as you inhale and exhale.
- You can also close your eyes and can chant mantras to concentrate and calm your mind.
- Breathe gently, hold this position for 5-7 minutes as per your convenience.
- Now, relax and you can practice Child’s pose to get relaxation.
When you practice this pose as a beginner, it is possible that your legs might begin to pain in few seconds. If you feel the pain, then come out of this pose and stretch your legs forward. Stretch your ankles, knees and calf muscles gently. Regular practice of this asana will bring flexibility and you can stay in this pose for 20-30 minutes comfortably. You need to strengthen your lower back to stay in this position for long and don’t force your body at any moment. Forcing your body can never make you feel good, it can only worsen your chance of yoga journey.
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