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Vajrasana - Thunderbolt pose

While demonstrating a posture in class you may have noticed that I ask you to take the Thunderbolt pose while you observe. I thought it's time for me to tell you a little bit more about this posture.

Starting with how to come into the posture:

Fold the legs under, resting the top of the feet on the floor, keeping big toes together, heels dropping out. Relax the hands on the thighs, notice the length in the spine, top of the head reaching up, tailbone reaching down.

Continuing with it's wonderful benefits:

  • it helps in digestion

  • encourages better posture

  • it helps in getting rid of constipation

  • it helps to fight digestive disorders

  • a few minutes of Vajrasana and you can feel the mind calming

  • it helps in increasing the blood circulation in the body

  • it can help with lifting depression, lethargy

  • helps relieving piles

  • it tones the thighs, hips, spine and abdomen and reduces fat from hips and thighs

  • it tones the reproductive organs

Variations for the pose if you find the original too strenuous:

- fold a blanket under the ankles if they feel sensitive (see middle picture above)

- put a block between the ankles and the bottom to ease the posture (see right picture above)

- put a cushion under the knees to avoid straining them

Contraindications - Stiffness of knees and ankle joints, spinal injury or pain, sciatica

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