In my article on Tadasana, I’ve explained few common instructions applicable to all the asanas.
The literal meaning of Vajra is diamond, which is the strongest material. Vajra Nadi in our body is related to the Genital organs, and hence this asana empowers genital organs. Vajrasana also affects Kanda nadi, which is the focal point for 72000 other nadis. It, therefore, assumes great importance in the hierarchy of asanas. It serves as the base from which you launch many asanas. This asana, popularly known as the Diamond Pose, is easy to perform, though with the couple of initial tries, fingers of your leg and the ankle may ache. But this is a temporary phase, and soon the practitioner will find this asana highly comfortable. This is also a good asana to get the well-deserved rest between the two difficult asanas. Vajrasana is compared to the foundation of a building.
Method / Technique for Vajrasana
Do not compromise with the disciplined procedures even for this easiest of the yoga asanas.
- Sit on the mat and stretch the legs, keep them close.
- Keep both the palms on the right leg.
- Let them take the weight of the body.
- Fold the knees back slowly and sit on them. Sit straight.
- Keep the palms on the respective knees and breathe normally. The ajna chakra is situated between the eyebrows and you need to concentrate on that spot. Alternatively, close the eyes and concentrate on breathing.
- Comparable to the prayer- posture in which Muslims offer Namaz.
- Return to the original position by taking your palms and place them by the side of the body. Take the help of the elbows and sit in the position from where you began.
- No asana should be done on the bare floor, this one particularly.
Physical/therapeutic benefits of Diamond Pose
- Relaxes and strengthens the knee cap, ankles and feet. Beneficial in gastric troubles and such individuals, as a rule need to do this asana after the meals. This is the one asana that you can do immediately after taking food. For all other asanas an interval of three hours after the meals is suggested.
- Helpful in sciatic pain. Gluttons (sorry for this expression) should do well to do this asana after meals. It relieves heaviness to the extent possible. Very helpful in digestion and other stomach disorders. Since you sit erect, it is a good exercise for the neck and the backbone. All parts of the body are relaxed as this is the resting pose. The benefit of this asana is equivalent to a long walk.
- Beneficial for all age groups, men, women and children.
- Strengthens calf and thigh muscles. Relief in pain for the patients of arthritis.
- Relieves urinary and sexual disorders.
- Reduces obesity.
Spiritual Benefits – Do this asana before meditation and pranayama. After the schedule of yoga exercises, do for 10-15 minutes for relaxation of the body and mind.
Precaution – Those with knee problems and weak knees should do this asana only after getting the nod from the medical practitioner.