The Vajrasana position is widely recognized as a fundamental yoga posture utilized for both meditation and prayer. Interestingly, this posture is also adopted by Muslims and Zen Monks during their prayer and meditation practices. The traditional Japanese Seiza posture is exclusively associated with the Vajrasana position. It is considered to be the most straightforward among all yoga poses used for meditation. Although the Vajrasana posture is mentioned and explained in ancient yoga texts, the specific details may vary from one text to another. In medieval classic yoga texts like Hatha Yoga pradipika, the term Vajrasana is used interchangeably with the Adept pose.
|English Name||Thunderbolt Pose|
|Origin||Medieval Yoga Period|
The term Vajra in Sanskrit signifies Thunderbolt, a unique weapon exclusively possessed by Lord Indra, the ruler of Devas or Celestial Entities. It is widely believed that Lord Indra’s weapon is the epitome of power. Similarly, Thunderbolt Posture serves as the ultimate weapon for a Yogi to overcome any obstacles that hinder or limit their advancement on the path of Yoga. Hence, this posture has been bestowed with this name.
From a different perspective, this position is referred to as Vajra, named after a subtle nerve called Vajra Nadi that originates from the Base Chakra, known as Muladhara, and is responsible for regulating sexual energy within the body. By mastering control over Vajra Nadi, individuals can effectively manage the powerful sexual energy within themselves. The practice of this posture aids yogis in gaining control over the Vajra Nadi.
The Vajra, which is also known as the Diamond, is referred to as the Diamond Pose by some individuals. Additionally, it is associated with the concept of firmness or adamant, hence earning the name Adamant Pose.
Thunderbolt Pose Procedure
Normally, the Thunderbolt Posture is very easy to perform. However, it requires the folding of the knees. Therefore, those who have undergone knee surgery or who have issues in their knees should avoid this posture.
If anyone experiences pain or discomfort in his knees, he should discontinue the practice. In case of doubt, he should seek the advice of a healthcare provider.
Unlike other yoga postures, one can perform this pose even after a meal. Moreover, Pregnant Ladies can also perform this posture unlike the doctor’s advice otherwise.
As we have already seen, this pose is easy to perform and it does not warrant any preparatory yoga poses. However, the following poses may help and serve as preparatory poses.
Kneel on the floor
Place both the big toes touching together and the heels apart. Bring down the buttocks and place on the gap in between the heels, still, your big toes touching each other.
Place the hand on the knees in Chin Mudra or Jnana Mudra, or simply place the palms down on the knees, if you prefer.
Sit erect. Close your eyes or fix your eyesight on any object before you. Breathe Normally.
Keep this position at least for five minutes and extend it up to three hours if it is possible for you.
A beginner may place a folded blanket under the knees which may help extend the duration of the posture.
Advance Pose Considerations
- This meditation posture is suitable for everyone. Because it is easier to perform when compared with other meditation postures like Lotus Pose and Adept Pose. Moreover, it is a very good posture for meditation and Pranayama.
- Thunderbolt posture activates the Vajra Nadi which regulates the sexual energy of the body.
- One of the main advantages of Thunderbolt Pose is that one can perform this posture even after a meal. Apart from this, it improves digestion also. Hence, it is good for the entire digestive system because this helps the conditions like acidity and peptic ulcer.
- It improves blood circulation to the pelvic region. Therefore it strengthens the region which is good for conditions like hernia and piles.
- For women, this posture helps in pregnancy. Also, it removes menstrual disorders.
- Above all, it helps to maintain Celibacy.
Thunderbolt Pose in Yoga Texts
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
After describing Siddhasana in Verse 1.36, the next verse reads like this.
Some call this Siddhasana. Some call it Thunderbolt Pose, Others Muktasana. But it is also Guptasana.– Hatha Yoga Pradipika 1.37
The text treats the above-mentioned postures are names that are the synonyms of Siddhasana. However, in modern yoga terminology, the postures mentioned are different from one another.
Making the thighs tight and firm, place the legs on both sides of the anus. This is Thunderbolt Pose that gives psychic powers.– Gheranda Samhita 2.12
Yoga Sikha Upanishad mentions this posture as a part of the yoga process meant for Kundalini Awakening.