Can vajrasana be practiced on sitting on a chair? Since software Engg mostly sitting on chair, can we practice on it?

(May 24, 2012)

Vajrasana can be practiced while sitting on a chair especially in the case of people who find it difficult to sit down in this position on the floor. This position is also called the Rock pose or the Thunderbolt pose and it is very helpful in digestion. The Vajrasana is basically performed by sitting on the heels while keeping the spine straight and applying pressure on the buttock nerves. Some people find it easy to sit in this position while others may find it difficult and hence for such people experts recommend using a chair or a sofa for performing this asana. The Vajrasana is a great posture to practice especially after eating or while experiencing discomfort in the stomach as it facilitates digestion. Irrespective of whether you perform this asana sitting on the floor or on a chair it is important to keep your head, neck and spine upright in this position.

The whole weight of the body should be on the spine and breathing should be smooth. Once the sitting position is attained, the palms should be removed from the knees and brought to the sides. Both the legs should then be straightened out one at a time and a comfortable sitting position should be attained. For beginners it may be difficult to sit in the Vajrasana posture for a long time but with regular practice the duration of maintaining this posture can be gradually increased. While performing this asana in office or anywhere outdoors the posture should be maintained for at least 5-8 minutes. Another advantage of this asana for working people who have a desk job, especially people who work long hours on the computer, is that while sitting in this posture you can even practice simple exercises like neck and shoulder rotations which will help in easing stress in the neck and shoulder region.

Submitted by C D on May 24, 2012 at 05:49

What are the benefits of vajrasana?

Vajrasana also known as the thunderbolt pose is usually performed while sitting on the floor but can also be performed on a sofa or chair if a person finds it difficult to sit in this posture on the floor. This asana is performed by kneeling on the floor and keeping the toes together but setting the heels apart to form a ‘v’ like shape. The buttocks should then be placed in the gap between the heels and the hand should be placed on the knees with palms facing downwards. This posture should be held for as long as possible while breathing smoothly. One of the main benefits of Vajrasana is that it regulates nervous impulses and blood flow in the pelvic region while also strengthening the pelvic muscles. This asana can be practiced regularly to prevent health problems like piles and hernia. Similarly people who are suffering from these conditions can also practice this asana everyday to treat and cure these problems.

The Vajrasana is one of the best yoga postures to aid in digestion and also provide relief from a number of stomach issues such as peptic ulcers and hyperacidity. Unlike most other exercises, Vajrasana can be practiced immediately after meals to help with digestion and also when suffering from stomach discomfort. Men who suffer from problems like dilated testicles and hydrocele can practice this asana everyday as it helps in reducing the flow of blood to the genitals and massages the nerve fibers in that region. People who suffer from sacral infections and sciatica can also greatly benefit from this yoga asana. The knee caps, feet and ankles get strengthened and relaxed with the regular practice of Vajrasana. Besides these it also helps in weight loss and helps in treating urinary and sexual disorders. People with weak knees however should consult a doctor before practicing this posture.

Submitted by C D on May 24, 2012 at 05:48

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