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Day 66 of 365 Days to Get Back to Myself

Vajrasana (the thunderbolt pose)

Never underestimate the power of kneeling! Or how difficult it can be for a prolonged length of time.According to Swami Satyananda Saraswati in his book “Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bhanda”:  

“Vajra is the name of a major nadi (pranic or energy channel) directly connected with the genito-urinary system. It is said that if you can consciously control this nadi at will you can become very powerful.

This position alters the flow of blood and nervous impulses in the pelvic and visceral regions. It increases the effectiveness of the digestion and is useful as an after meal posture and for indigestion. It reduces the blood flow, massages the nerves to the genital region and strengthens the pelvic muscles.

Vajrasana is the only meditation posture for people with sciatica.”

To prepare for this posture kneel upright with the lower legs and feet along the floor behind you, big toes crossed, knees together, heels apart.

Lower the buttocks onto the insides of the feet with the heels resting at the sides of the hip.

Rest the hands on the knees palms facing downwards

Awareness is on the natural, spontaneous breath. If the eyes are closed, this can assist with calming the mind. If you find that at first the feet ache when in Vajrasana release the posture, bring the legs in front of the body and stretch them out, hold the ankles and shake the feet until the stiffness eases, the posture can then be resumed.

For some people this posture is not comfortable, especially if there are problems with the ankles or knees. In this case a bolster or firm cushions can be used between the legs to raise the body up and ease pressure on the knees, ankles and feet. While it is good to push boundaries to improve the strength and flexibility of the body if any Yoga posture causes pain this is the body telling you to ease off, and a more comfortable position should be immediately found.

Vajrasana can be held as often as possible and is beneficial if held for at least 5 minutes at a time. It is especially good after eating to assist the digestion.

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