Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose, or Diamond Pose)

By : Emma Laurence | : 05 October, 2020
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose, or Diamond Pose)

Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose, or Diamond Pose)


Etymology and Origins of Vajrasana

Vajrasana is a Sanskrit word. Vajra means Thunderbolt, Asana means Yoga pose. So, it is called Thunderbolt Pose, or Adamant, or Diamond Pose. It is a kneeling Asana in classic Hatha Yoga and modern Yoga tradition of India. One can also do standard Pranayam breathing in this pose. This Yoga pose is very simple but it has immense physical benefits.


Step by Step Instructions of Vajrasana

  • First sit upon your heel on a Yoga mat, or on a soft bed.

  • Actually, you are sitting on your heels which are folded in the backside below your hips and buttocks.

  • Now place your palms on the respective knees which are folded below.

  • Your hands are straight, so also the Spine, neck and head.

  • Initially, you may feel a little pain in the knees but that is ignorable unless you have weak or defective knees.

  • This Asana is very effective after lunch, or dinner, or a main meal.

  • Now your main task begins: concentrate your mind, fix your eyes on the space between the eyes, that is, third eye position, or look far away if you are in a natural setting, or close your eyes.

  • Slowly and deeply inhale and exhale without any sound.

  • Continue to do this for 5 to 10 minutes depending on your time and comfort.

  • Then get up and walk in the surrounding.

  • This is perhaps one of the rarest Yoga poses which are practiced after the main meal, and not in an Empty Stomach.


Benefits of Vajrasana


Anatomical Focus & Disease Control

  • This Asana strengthens the muscles and nerves of the legs such that Rheumatism and Sciatica cannot touch you.

  • It is said in classical Yoga tradition that if this Yoga is practiced for 30 minutes after main meals with appropriate breathing through the right nostril, foods are easily digested; hair does not become grey.

  • It also cures Constipation.

  • It prevents Ulcers and Acidity.

  • It also strengthens the Pelvic muscles and nerves.

  • It straitens the Spine.

  • It increases the power of concentration, and hence, best for young girls and boys.


Benefits for Girls & Women

  • This Yoga is immensely beneficial for girls and women as it reduces excess fats from the hips, buttocks and pelvic region.

  • It also makes the hips, buttocks and legs beautiful.

  • As it strengthens the muscles and nerves of the Pelvic region, the power of girls and women increases.

  • It also reduces the pains of the Menstrual Period for girls and women.



  • Those who are suffering from knee problems should avoid it.

  • Pregnant women should keep their knees at a distance such that abdomen pressure is reduced, or consult a Gynaecologist.

  • Girls and women should check whether they are feeling comfortable during the Menstrual Period, otherwise, they should avoid it for a few days, or may consult an expert physician (Gynaecologist).


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Emma Laurence
Emma Laurence
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