One important characteristic feature of the sitting postures recommended for pranayama is that in them the body is held erect, allowing free movement of all the parts associated with respiration. These are called meditative or meditational postures, because they are the most useful for practicing meditation. They are the best suited for pranayama also. A good practice of pranayama very easily leads to a state of mind necessary for meditation.
Vajrasana is one such posture that gives you many positive mental and health benefits. Vajra means lightning. It is the name of the weapon of Lord Indra of Hindu Mythology. Hardness is its outstanding quality. In Hathayoga and Tantra the word Vajra is used for the male sex organ. This is somewhat akin to the posture in which devout Muslims sit for their Namaz prayer.
How to practice:
- Vajrasana is a sitting posture in which the thighs are arranged in the form of a vajra.
- Keep your feet behind the hips with the soles turned upward, heels apart, and toes of both sides touching each other.
- Sit between the heels and not on them.
- Keep together your knees in front, the shins touching the floor.
- Keep your back erect.
- Keeping the feet in the position described above is very uncomfortable in the beginning especially if the surface of the floor is hard. So, there should be enough thickness and softness in the seat prepared for sitting in this posture.
- This asana should not be done on the bare floor.
- With a few days practice you will start enjoying it.