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An Easy Guide to Vajrasana, or Thunderbolt Pose  

Work your yoga practice with our easy guides to great yoga poses. Vajrasana, or Thunderbolt Pose, is a great yoga pose for beginners that gently pulls and stretches the feet, thighs and knees, to release tension and calm the mind. 

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Vajrasana, or Thunderbolt Pose, is a great yoga pose for beginners that gently pulls and stretches the feet, thighs and knees, to release tension and calm the mind. 

This makes it a great way to prepare for Hero's Pose - in which the thighs and knees have to stretch further to allow the bottom to rest on the floor.

 

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How to do Vajrasana, or Thunderbolt pose, in easy steps  

Step 1:

Come to all fours and slowly bend your knees, sitting back on the inside of your feet with your heels angled to either side of your bottom. 





Image: Ariadne Vickers

Yoga pose category:  Seated and twists 

Level: 1 

Vajrasana is a simple yoga pose for beginners and is perfect for practicing meditation. It encourages tranquillity, by making the body feel rested, which helps us still our minds and dim down any distractions.


Sanskrit words meaning: 

Vajra – thunderbolt 

Asana - pose 


Yoga pose health benefits: 

Like all yoga poses, Vajrasana has many health benefits. Use this yoga pose to help with the following health conditions: 

Stress 

Anxiety 

- Tired legs 

Yoga pose contraindications: 

Don’t practice Vajrasana if you have the following health condition: 

- Knee injury



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Lucy Edge 

is a yoga advocate and writer with three yoga books to her name, including the beloved travel memoir Yoga School Dropout. She writes regularly for the national press, has authored over 150 guides to types of yoga and yoga poses, discovered nearly 250 proven health benefits of yoga through her painstaking classification of 300 clinical studies, and collected more than 500 personal testimonials to the real life benefits of yoga. She is also the creator of our yoga shop – YogaClicks.Store – handpicking yoga brands that are beautifully made by yogis committed to environmental and social sustainability.

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