Vajrasana (yoga)

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This article is about the asana. For Vajrasana monastery, see Bodh Gaya.

Vajrasana (English pronunciation: /vəjˈrasɨnɨ/; IAST: vajrāsana), "vajra Pose", is a sitting asana in yoga. It is a kneeling position sitting on the heels.


The name comes from the Sanskrit words vajra meaning "thunderbolt" or "diamond",[1] and asana (आसन, āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".[2]


The practitioner sits on the heels with the calves beneath the thighs. There is a four finger gap between the knee-caps, and the first toe of both the feet touch each other and sit erect.


This asana helps in digestive issues like constipation.[3] It also strengthens the muscles of the legs[4] and back.[5]

Contraindications and cautions[edit]

Some orthopaedic surgeons claim Vajrasana may be harmful to knees.[6]

It has also been linked to damage to the common fibular nerve resulting in foot drop, where dorsiflexion of the foot is compromised and the foot drags (the toe points) during walking; and in sensory loss to the dorsal surface of the foot and portions of the anterior, lower-lateral leg. In this context it has been called "yoga foot drop".[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Budilovsky, Joan; Adamson, Eve (2000). The complete idiot's guide to yoga (2 ed.). Penguin. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-02-863970-3. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Yoga to relieve constipation". 
  4. ^ "Vajrasana (The adamantine pose)". 
  5. ^ "Vajrasana, Diamond pose, thunderbolt pose". 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Dean (2010-12-23). "Yoga bad for your knees, Indian doctor warns". Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-04-11. Many yoga gurus had suffered knee and joint problems from performing the 'vajrasana' posture [...] 
  7. ^ Joseph Chusid (August 9, 1971). "Yoga Foot Drop". JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association 271 (6): 827–828. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190060065025. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ William J. Broad (January 5, 2012). "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 

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