Supta Vajrasana (Sleeping Thunderbolt Pose)
Sit in vajrasana. Slowly bend back, taking the support of first the right elbow and arm and then the left. Bring the top of the head to the ground, arching the back. Place the hands on the thighs.
Try to keep the knees in contact with the floor. If necessary, separate the knees. Care should be taken not to strain the muscles and ligaments of the thighs and knees by forcing the knees to touch the ground in the final position. Close the eyes and relax the body.
Breathe deeply and slowly in the final position. Return to the starting position in the reverse order, breathing in and taking the support of the elbows and arms. Never leave the final position by straightening the legs first; this may dislocate the knee joints. Return to vajrasana first and then straighten the legs.
Deep and slow.
1) This asana massages the abdominal organs alleviating digestive ailments and constipation.
2)It tones the spinal nerves, makes the back flexible and realigns rounded shoulders.
3) The nerves in the neck and the thyroid gland are particularly influenced.
4) The chest is stretched and expanded to full capacity, filling the lungs and bringing more oxygen into the system.
5) It enhances creativity and intelligence and redirects sexual energy to the brain for spiritual purposes.
6) It is the excellent stretch for quadriceps muscle groups (only for regular athlete)
This posture should not be practised by people suffering from sciatica, slipped disc, sacral ailments or knee complaints.