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Hatha Yoga: The Yoga of the Physical Body.


Supta Vajrasana: The Sleeping Thunderbolt.


Instructions.

  • Sit in vajrasana.

  • Bend backward, supported on the arms and elbows, the head touches the ground with the back arched.

  • Place the hands on the thighs and make sure the knees stay fully on the ground.

  • Close the eyes and relax the body.


Breath.

  • Slow and Deep.

Duration.

  • For physical benefits a few minutes is sufficient.

  • For spiritual benefits do for extended periods of time.

Concentration.

  • Physical: on the back, abdomen or respiration.

  • Spiritual: on swadhisthana chakra at the coccyx.


Sequence.

  • It is a good counterpose to forward bending asanas.

Precautions.

  • Care should be taken not to strain the muscles and ligaments of the thighs and knees by forcing the knees to touch the ground.

Limitations.

  • Should not be practised by sufferers of sacral ailments.

Benefits.

  • This is a good asana for abdominal ailments, especially constipation. It tones the spinal nerves.

 


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