Definition - What does Thunderbolt Pose mean?
Thunderbolt pose is a seated pose that assists in gently stretching the legs, from thighs to knees to feet.
To enter the pose, begin by kneeling on the floor. The hips and buttocks are at first lifted off the legs, the inner knees and thighs together, the tops of the feet on the floor and toes untucked. Lower the hips and buttocks to sit on top of your heels on an exhale. Feet, ankles, shins and knees should remain in one line. Sit up tall and activate the core muscles, drawing the shoulders down the back and away from the neck and ears. Point the tailbone to the floor, arms relax on the tops of the thighs or along the sides of the body, and the palms are down.
If pain is felt in the knees when practicing, the individual should come out of the pose. Otherwise, practitioners can sit and enjoy the pose as long as is comfortable, being mindful of the breath.
Thunderbolt pose is also known as vajrasana in Sanskrit.
Yogapedia explains Thunderbolt Pose
Thunderbolt pose increases blood flow to the lower abdomen, which can aid in digestion and pelvic health. Although it is recommended that asanas are not practiced after eating a meal, this pose is suggested to aid those with poor digestion after mealtime. It also strengthens the muscles that support good posture — the back, neck and chest — and can provide helpful relief for individuals with lower back issues or sciatica.