It is inspired by the mythical weapon wielded by Lord Indra – Vajra (thunderbolt
of irresistible force and which is indestructible). It is also symbolically used to represent firmness of spirit and spiritual power.
- Sit on the mat legs stretched forward, fold one leg at a time from knee from out, keeping the knees and toes touching each other and the heels kept apart.
- Keep mind relaxed and passively aware.
- Hold the body erect, chin in and parallel to the ground, chest thrown forward, keeping the head, neck and trunk in one straight line- abdomen held in normal contour.
- Place the hands upon their respective knees. The legs should be flat on the ground folded under the thighs.
- Close the eyes (or keep the gaze fixed at one point) and passively observe the breath (final position).
- The mind may wander to other thoughts but gently bring it back to the breath.
- Slowly open the eyes, unfold the legs to assume the starting position.
- Maintain the mental state for as long as possible.
** Recommended practice:
Practice daily. Begin with 5 minutes, increasing to 10 minutes with regular
𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 / 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬:
- Acute arthritis.
- Psychological disorder – depression.
- Offers uniform postural fixity and corrects postural defects.
- Improves blood circulation to the abdominal region – helps improve digestion.
- Beneficial in conditions like constipation, stomach disorders, digestive problems, acidity, sciatica, severe lower back problems and other spinal disorders.
- Enables flexibility of lower limbs, strengthens sexual organs, tones body muscles (hips, thighs, calves), cures joint pains and urinary disorders.
- Calms the mind and relaxes the nerves.
- Slow and rhythmic breathing in this position can induce a meditative state.
- Improves concentration – mind remains focussed.
Nisha Yadav ( Yoga expert )