Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)

by | Jun 12, 2020 | Yoga Poses


Reviewed by  Dr. Andrew Grover,  CPT


  • Improves digestion and combats constipation, and acidity.
  • Alleviates menstrual disorder.
  • Regulates the functioning of reproductive organs and thyroid gland.
  • Strengthens the pelvic muscles.


Vajrasana requires some flexibility in the legs in order to hinge them and sit on your knees. If you are unable to get into this position, try extending your legs in front of you as demonstrated by Dandasana. This will remove some of the pressure off your knees and cramps.

How to do

  • Go down on your knees on your yoga mat keeping the knees close together.
  • Big toes must be touching each other while the heel remains separate.
  • Lower the body placing your rumps in the space between both of your feet.
  • Heels must be touching the sides of your hips.
  • Place the palm of your hands on the thighs.
  • Keep the spine and head straight and relaxed.
  • Be careful about your backbone curving backward excessively.
  • Close your eyes and relax the whole body while breathing normally.
  • Be aware of each and every breath moving in and out of the body.



  • Avoid practicing this pose if you suffer from a recent knee injury or severe pain in knees, pain in ankles or joint pain.
  • If during this asana you have any kind of leg cramps or you have pain in your knees, then you should immediately leave that posture, do not forcefully try to do this asana.

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