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88. Vajrasana
thunderbolt pose
Vajrasana is also known as thunderbolt pose. It stretches the thighs, knees, ankles and feet. It improves the seated posture. This is one of the safer postures for people with back problems. It can be a great alternative to Padmasana and hence can be used in meditation. You can kneel on a folded blanket for this pose. Do not do this pose if you have hurt your ankles or knees. Curling the toes to rest the balls of the feet on the floor will help.
1. Fold the left leg in the knee and place the toe on the floor.
2. Fold the right leg in the knee and place the toe on the floor and join the two toes.
3. Sit on the pit formed by the parted heels.
4. Place the palms on the knees.
Those having gas problems should perform this asana, immediately after a meal.It provides relief from sciatic pain. The benefit of Vajrasana done for 5-7 minutes is equivalent to a long walking exercise. Also, the diamond pose (Vajrasana) is very beneficial in curing the problem of varicose veins.This pose give longevity and strengthens the spine.Practice vajrasana upto 15 minutes after food, do two times a day atleast, increases your digestion power and cures all digestion disorders. You can also do it for 15 minutes before food, which reduces obesity. Vajra means diamond in Sanskrit and is the strongest material, there is a naadi in human body known as vajra naadi, which is related to Genital organs, vajrasana empowers this nadi and hence strengthens all genital related organs and cures problems. It is said that practicing vajrasana will make genital organs and sexual strength upto the strength of ‘Vajra’ or Diamond Vajrasana is more important since It also affects the naadi known as’ Kanda’ which is related to 72000 other naadis, Vajrasana is considered to be a remedy for stomach disorders and digestion related problems. If somebody takes a close look to this asana, can see that it is closely related to the ’prayer posture’ of Muslims. It is also very efficient in curing leg pain due to arthritis, sexual disorders, urinary problems, etc. if you feel leg pain of any kind, practice vajrasana for at least 15 minutes, a great relief will be occurred, since it blocks blood to legs for some time, it enlarges and refreshes the blood vessels in legs and thus a great relief from leg pain is experienced.
The people having stiff joints and whose movements have become difficult, should practice this Asana with a lot of care. Such persons should practice this Asana after getting the joints free and relaxed.
It is important to keep the spine, the neck and the head, upright in one straight line in this Asana. Keep the sight fixed at the level of the height. Don't have any pressure on the hands. The whole weight of the body be set on the spine. Continue smooth breathing, when the final position is attained.

Akarna Dhanurasana
Parshva Konasana
Ardha Matsyendrasana
Janu Shirshasana
Ardha Chakrasana
Purna Dhanurasana
Shirsha Padasana
Jathara Parivarthanasana
Ananda Balasana
Purna Chakrasana
Upavista Konasana
Ekapada Rajakapothasana

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