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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Supta Vajrasana

Supta Vajrasana is the technical name for the sleeping thunderbolt pose. It was Lord Indra's weapon. This yoga pose is recommended for spiritual reasons and general improvement of internal organ function. Supta vajrasana is similar to Ardha Shavasana. It can be placed in the category of Matsyasana. One should practice it only after one masters vajrasana. Compared to vajrasana, Supta vajrasana requires more strength and flexibility of the spine.


Technique :
  • Sit in Vajrasana. Then with the support of the elbows lie with the back on the ground. The back should touch the ground.
  • Slowly straighten you hands and completely lie on your back.
  • Beginners may keep their hands on respective thighs.
  • After practicing this position well, making the shape of a scissor with both hands bring then under the shoulders, right hand will remain under left shoulder and left shoulder under the right, head in the middle of them.
  • hold this position for 8 to 10 seconds.
  • A few days practice will enable one to practice this asana correctly.
Remember :
  • while lying on your back control your weight, do not jerk.
  • Beginners may keep their knees apart if they find it difficult.
Benefits of supta vajrasana :
  • This asana helps to remove certain defects of the spine. As the spine is arched backwards in this asana, it removes a hunch, if any. The spine becomes flexible and elastic.
  • It is sure remedy for indigestion, gas trouble, constipation and piles.
  • The regular practice of this asana awakens and sublimates Kundalini shakti.
  • It alleviate the disorders of the abdominal organs, the liver, the kidney, the spleen and strengthens them.
  • This asana exercises and activates the thorax, the spine and the neck.
  • It strengthens the joints and the muscles of the legs.
  • This asana is also useful to those who suffer from asthma or other breathing disorders.
  • It is useful in high blood pressure and sciatica.
  • This asana is very good for women as it helps in minimizing menstrual pains as well as avoid any complication during pregnancy.
Contraindications:
  • Suffering from gases and pain in heap should avoid this asana.

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