Little Thunderbolt Pose
Definition - What does Little Thunderbolt Pose mean?
Little thunderbolt pose is an advanced backbend that can assist in increased flexibility of the spine. The spine should be sufficiently warmed up before entering the pose.
To enter the pose, begin with knees on the floor and calves and feet directly behind the knees. Keep the core strong and the pelvis forward, placing the hands on the thighs as the body bends backwards. Drop the head slowly back, allowing the top of the head to lower further to the ground. The legs provide the stability and strength for this pose as the thigh muscles push forward to allow for the backbend. Once stability is gained, hands can move to the knees, calves or above the ankles, to achieve the full expression of the pose. When releasing the pose, the core should be strong to protect the lower back and spine; the quadriceps and inner thighs should pull the body forward to an upright position; and the head comes up last.
Little thunderbolt pose is also known as laghu vajrasana in Sanskrit.
Yogapedia explains Little Thunderbolt Pose
Little thunderbolt pose is an asana that expresses strength, power and balance. This pose increases flexibility in the spine, strengthens the legs, and opens the chest and throat. As the pose opens and expands the chest and throat, it allows for deep, clarifying breaths. It may also help in improving digestion and posture.
Little thunderbolt pose is often incorporated into advanced yoga practices as an intense backbend. Individuals with neck, back or knee injuries should take extreme caution or avoid this pose. Beginners should attempt this pose with the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher. A gentler related pose is camel pose, which does not require as much of a backbend.