Little Thunderbolt Pose - Laghu Vajrasana
About Little Thunderbolt Pose
The little thunderbolt pose is just as exciting as it sounds. This intense backbend asana is demanding, challenging and great fun to perform once you master the little thunderbolt pose sequence! This is an advanced level pose and yoga beginners should ideally wait until they can perform the basic level and intermediate level yoga poses with ease. Apart from the obvious emphasis on spinal flexibility, the little thunderbolt pose is also demanding on the thighs and neck. Perform a few basic level yoga poses such as the Adho Mukha Svanasana to gently stretch the muscles and prevent possible injuries and strains.
Step By Step Instructions
Once your muscles are warmed up, you are all set to attempt the little thunderbolt pose sequence!
- Position yourself on the yoga mat on your knees, with your thighs held at a 90 degree angle to the mat.
- Place your hands on your thighs. Slowly and gradually allow your head to drop backwards until the crown of the head comes in contact with the mat.
- Hold this deep backbend by pushing your thighs and hips forward.
- Allow your hands to slide down from the thighs to your knees.
- Maintain the little thunderbolt pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute at least.
- Exit the little thunderbolt pose by using your core muscles to pull your body back up into the kneeling position of step 1.
Take a look at the exceptional health benefits of the little thunderbolt pose!
- Enhances the flexibility of the spine.
- Stretches and strengthens the back, spine and abdominal muscles.
- Enhances the digestive functioning of the body.
- Tones the limbs, thighs and pelvic organs.
- An excellent pose for improving posture.
- Opens up the throat, chest and quadriceps.
Things to Remember!
Individuals with spinal injuries, back injuries or neck injuries should refrain from practicing the little thunderbolt pose. If you suffer from mild injuries you can enlist the help of a qualified yoga teacher to suggest suitable modifications for the little thunderbolt pose.