Place a folded blanket or rug on the floor. Sit with the legs facing forwards in front of the body.
Fold the left leg under the right thigh. Then place the right foot under the left thigh. Hold your head, neck and spine upright in a comfortable position.
Place your hands either on your knees or in your lap.
Close your eyes.
Relax your whole body.
The arms should be relaxed and not held straight.
The back should be upright and firm, but without tension.
Note: As soon as one is able to comfortably perform any other meditative asana, sukhasana should be discontinued.
VAJRASANA (THUNDERBOLT OR DIAMOND POSE)
Many people find this asana a little uncomfortable at first because it is a sitting position that few people ever use. At first the ankles and knees tend to ache, but with practice this asana will become most comfortable and almost a joy to sit in. Besides being an excellent meditative asana used by Muslims and Japanese Buddhists, it is the starting pose for a large number of other asanas.
The Sanskrit word vajra means 'thunderbolt'. The psychic vajra nadi which is greatly affected by this pose, is an important energy pathway which carries nervous impulses of the genito-urinary system from the brain. It is the
same word that has given the name Vajrayana to a form of Tantric Buddhism which utilizes sexual union as part of its spiritual sadhana. The word has various other meanings all connected with the same subject. As such vajrasana is said to enable the practitioner to gain control over the sexual functions and direct the energy towards expanding consciousness.
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