What is diamond pose in yoga?
Diamond pose is also known as Vajrasana or thunderbolt yoga. Vajrasana is a simple sitting meditative yoga pose with so many important benefits. Vajrasana is consists of two words: vajra means ‘Diamond’ while asana means ‘yoga posture’. The steps, instructions and how to do the diamond yoga pose is very easy to understand. Many people find this thunderbolt yoga a little uncomfortable initially as ankles and knees tend to ache, but with practice this asana has become comfortable. This yoga pose is used by the Muslim in Namaz and forms the basis of many sitting yoga poses. It is also used by Buddhists for meditation purposes.
Vajrasana: a form of spiritual sadhana
Vajrasana is a Sanskrit word and vajra means ‘thunderbolt’. The psychic vajra nadi, is an important energy pathway that carries nervous impulses of the genito-urinary system from the brain. Tantric Buddhism uses vajrasana, which utilizes sexual union as part of its spiritual sadhana. Vajrasana is said to enable the practitioner to gain control over the sexual functions and direct the energy towards expanding consciousness.
Diamond pose steps: how to do?
- Kneel on the yoga mat with your knees slightly apart.
- Adjust your feet so that the big toes touch each other.
- Keep your arms beside the body and hands on the knees.
- Bring the buttocks downwards upon the heels.
- Try to sit on your heels.
- Keep your head, the neck and back in one straight line.
- Do inhaling and exhaling slowly.
- Relax the whole body.
- This is the final pose.
- Maintain it initially for 30 seconds and after practice, continue as much as you can.
Initially, for the beginners, it is difficult to sit on the feet. However, it can be done with the support of arms and gradually, it will loosen your leg muscles and enable you to sit on the heels. Even if it feels discomfort, bear it and followed by support of your arms. Now, again sit on the heels. After some time, one will become perfect and will enjoy performing the pose technically right.
Unique contraindications of diamond pose
Generally, it is recommended that yoga pose shouldn’t be performed after having a meal. But, this is one of the few yoga asanas, which can be performed after meals. Here, it contradicted with other yoga poses. Vajrasana should be practiced for five or ten minutes after meals because it is a very relaxing position, conducive to a calm mind and body and thereby stimulates the digestive processes working in the stomach.
Top 11 health benefits of diamond pose
- Meditative yoga: Vajrasana is an excellent meditative yoga pose to surrender oneself for Dhyan and Samadhi.
- Improves digestion: Vajrasana should be practiced just after meals because of its relaxing in nature, that result in calming your mind and body. All these stimulates the enzymes and juices secretion and good for food digestion. It also helps in the case of ulcer and acidity.
- Sacral or sciatic problems: The person who is having sacral or sciatic infections pr problems, should start performing it to overcome the issues.
- Spinal health: This is one of the best yoga poses for the health of the spinal column as one has to make one’s neck, and back straight and stretched while performing it.
- Thighs and calf muscles: It is a useful yoga pose to strengthen the thigh and calf muscles as these regions experience appropriate stretching while performing.
- Lower back pain: It is also beneficial to overcome back pain because while practicing the yoga pose, one has to keep one’s back and neck straight.
- Stress buster yoga: Being a meditative yoga, helps to calm and stabilize your mind and body thus beneficial in relieving stress from the body.
- Helps in childbirth: It helps to strengthen the pelvic muscles, prevents hernia and aids in childbirth.
- Knee and ankles health: Initially, pain may be felt in the knee and ankle regions but slowly it will make both ankles and knees stronger.
- Improves concentration: The practice of the yoga pose helps to improve concentration and also awakens compassion.
- Kundalini shakti: The practicing of the yoga pose sensitize all the seven chakras and help the practitioners to raise the kundalini energy in the upward direction of the spinal column.
Vajrasana Vs. Sukhasana
While performing Vajrasana, the spine has to be straight and erect whereas, in the case of sukhasana, the spine is somewhat slumped forwards. For this reason vajrasana is far superior to sukhasana.
Diamond pose precautions
- Knee and ankle problems: If you feel pain or discomfort in the region of your ankles and knees, it shouldn’t be practiced.
- Piles: The person suffering from piles shouldn’t perform it.
- Toes injury
- Hamstring or calf injury
- Pregnant women should slightly keep their knees apart to skip pressure on the abdomen.
- It should also be avoided if somebody has a spinal injury or intestinal one.