Vajrasana – Thunderbolt Pose

Vajrasana – Thunderbolt or Kneeling Pose

Sit in a kneeling position with the heals rolling outwards and your bottom in the hollow of your feet.

Place the hands on the knees, soften the gaze and breath gently through the nose.

Vajrasana is useful to stretch out the tops of the feet. There are many benefits gained in the pelvis and pelvic floor region to spending 5 minutes or so in this posture. It also engages the muscles of the core and back so that they become used to supporting an upright posture. In time this becomes an effortless position to sit in.

This is a great  posture for meditation because the spine is naturally straight. It is also increases the efficiency of digestion as the contents of the abdomen sit in an upright position allowing gravity to help.

Smile and repeat this affirmation –

“In stillness I touch my inner strength”

Often people find that the feet become cramped and the legs are tight when they first try Vajrasana. Sit for a few minutes to start with – don’t over do it – use a block or folded towel under your bottom. Practice, practice, practice.  Be patient with yourself and over time you will become used to the posture. There are many benefits to feeling comfortable in this position and several other postures begin in Vajrasana so it’s a good thing to get used to it ; )

Published by yogadeb

Yoga teacher in Stamford, UK, and online

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