Vajrasana is one of the most popular meditative postures. The asana is being used since five thousand years. And when Buddha attained enlightenment, Vajrasana was called the “Indestructible seat.” As, the posture helps in absolute stillness inside-out.
What is so special about Vajrasana?
Vajrasana or Thunderbolt pose is considered to be the best sitting posture, for practicing breathing exercises and meditation. Besides, in India, a lot of people sit in this asana after eating their meals. This is a great posture for smooth digestion.
When sitting in Vajrasana with your eyes closed, the Ajna Chakra is stimulated. The third eye chakra is an instrument to perceive the more subtle qualities of reality. It goes beyond the more physical senses into the realm of subtle energies. Being tuned into this chakra, allows you to open up to an intuitive sensibility and inner perception.
Benefits of Vajrasana
- Better digestion: The kneeling posture helps better blood circulation in the body. It modifies the blood flow by reducing the blood flow in lower portion, especially in the legs and increasing blood flow to the digestive organs resulting to efficiency of the digestive system. People with weak digestion are benefited.
- Strengthens the back: As the spine is erect and our hips are supported by the heels, it helps in strengthening the back.
- Optimal organ functioning: As the torso is kept straight, there is optimal place for every internal organ. Thereby, the organs are not squeezed and can function effectively.
- Thigh toner: Sitting in this asana helps in toning the thighs overtime. It also stretches tight hamstrings.
- Calming effect: As the torso is erect and we focus towards the eyebrow center, there is an incredible calming effect on the mind and body.
- Great meditative asana: Yoga asanas are designed to prepare the body to sit in meditation. We need strong backs and flexible hips to be still for long periods. Vajrasana is commonly used to sit in silence, due to its’ ease and efficiency.
In case of knee pain, place a folded mat between your hamstrings and calves.
Avoid in case of severe knee or back pain.
Even on the busiest days, find time to sit in Vajrasana. And many a times you will feel motivated to try a couple of other asanas. My aim in 2017 would be to sit in this asana for 25 minutes in absolute stillness. By the way, I am sitting in Vajrasana right now, as I put down the pen for today.