Vajrasana (pronounced vahj-RAH-sah-nah) is also called the Zen pose, as this is the meditation pose used by Zen Buddhist monks. Vajra means "thunderbolt" or "diamond." Vajrasana aids circulation to the feet, lifts the spinal column, and relieves pressure on the diaphragm.
The kneeling pose.
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Zen is a sect of Buddhism in which enlightenment is sought through sitting meditation or contemplating enigmatic riddles called koans, rather than through the formal study of religious texts. Buddhism is a religion with many sects that teaches right living, right thinking, and meditation as a means to enlightenment. For more on Zen, look for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living, by Gary McClain, Ph.D., and Eve Adamson.
1. Again, breathe! Sit back on your heels, keeping your heels and knees together.
2. Keeping your spine straight, place your hands on your knees. If your knees hurt, go back to the easy pose, and smile! If they don't hurt, enjoy this pose, and smile!
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