Vajra Mudra – The Gesture of The Fiery Thunderbolt

Vajra means both ‘diamond’ (indestructible) and  ‘thunderbolt’ (irresistible force) in Sanskrit.

The vajra is also a ritual object in Tibetan Buddhism

Music: “Esotericism” by Xultrain Kaos:

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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.