Vajrasana – The Diamond Pose

Other Names: Thunderbolt Pose and Adamantine Pose.

Adamantine means “unshakable.”

Vajrasana - The Thunderbolt Pose

Once the practitioner is sitting in Vajrasana, the thighs are as hard as a diamond, thus the body cannot easily be shaken.

According to the Gheranda Samhita “It bestows success upon yogis.”

Vajrasana is one of the very few postures that can be practiced on a full stomach.

How To Apply
• Slowly sit on your heels with the calves beneath the thighs.
• Place your knees together and keep the back straight.
• Ensure that the heels point outwards and the big toes touch each other.
• Place your hands palms down on your thighs (unless you are using a specific mudra such as Adhi Mudra.)
• Breath normally or use a pranayama technique such as Dirgha Pranayama (The Full Yogic Breath.)

Duration
Start with 30 seconds, then increase the time period to one minute, then two minutes, etc until you can sit in this asana for at least 10-15 minutes every day.
Half an hour is best optimum benefits.

Sit in this asana for 15 minutes to half an hour immediately after meals to ensure proper digestion.

Benefits
• Digestive issues are cured.
• It stretches the thighs, knees and ankles.
• It improves ones sitting posture.
• Vajrasana is a great posture for Pranayamas.
• The spine is kept straight, allowing Prana to flow easily from the Muladhara (Root) Chakra to the Sahasrara (Crown) chakra.
• Flatulence is immediately cured.
• Vajrasana is an excellent alternative to Padmasana or Siddhasana.

Precautions
Anyone with leg or spinal issues shouldn’t perform this asana.

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6 thoughts on “Vajrasana – The Diamond Pose

  1. Could you pls explain clearly: “Vajrasana is the only asana that can be practiced on a full stomach.”. I think some other asanas can be practised on a full stomuch, ex: the lotus pose.

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    1. It is said to be the only asana that can be practiced on a full stomach because it is the most solid posture, allowing a smooth digestion process. In the Lotus posture, the body isn’t quite as firm. I’m sure it varies for different practitioner’s though. Some may feel just as solid in the Lotus posture as they do in Vajrasana.

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      1. Vajrasana and Lotus are the postures which are guided to the practitioner to apply when they do the meditation, since it sets the whole body in the most solid foundation. Totally agree that different people will feel suitable and more comfortable with one of these posture. So, I just wonder that Vajrasana is not only one posture that keeps the stomach workings smoothly. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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