Supta Vajrasana, Fixed Firm Pose, Reclining Adamant Pose, Pelvic Posture
How to perform Supta Vajrasana
Sit on your heels in Vajrasana. Lean back and gently place your elbows on the floor behind you. Now slowly lie back while being in Vajrasana so that your knees are still bending and your upper back lies on the floor. To come out of this posture lean your body on the left side and slowly come up.
To make this position more advanced you can combine it with Matsyasana by placing the top of your head on the floor and bringing your arms in front of your chest in namaste pose or by placing them straight over your head on the floor.
For an easier version of this position you can slide your feet next to your buttocks and place your hands next to your body or under your back.
Benefits of Supta Vajrasana
Supta Vajrasana stretches and strengthens the thigh muscles, abdominal muscles, makes your knees, spine and ankles more flexible and gives your calves and thighs a nice shape.
This pose is helpful with many problems like constipation, sciatica, gout, varicose veins, diaphragm, colitis, thrombosis and rheumatism.
You should practice Supta Vajrasana when you have lower and middle back pain as it gives a beneficial stretch to your back and also your hips.
It stretches and stimulates the internal organs especially the pelvic organs like pancreas, liver and kidneys.
This pose it especially beneficial for women because the stretch and the stimulation of the pelvic region has a good effect on the ovaries and fallopian tubes which prevents und cures menstruation pain, reduces the complications of pregnancy and constipation during pregnancy and it makes it easier to give birth to the child.
Tips and Help
Beginners should always use a pillow or a blanket under their back.
Pregnant women should also use a folded blanket or pillow under their hips and back and should open their knees wide.
When to Avoid Supta Vajrasana
Avoid this yoga posture when you are suffering from torn ligaments, knee injuries or an injured meniscus.