Suptavajrasan – The sleeping thunderbolt pose





The word suptavajrasana come from the Sanskrit word supta means  “sleeping”, “supine” or  “reclined”,  Vajra means “thunderbolt” and asana means “posture”. Supta Virasana is a reclined version of  Vajrasana where the upper body reclines backwards, so that the back rests on the floor. It is done as the counter pose of  vajrasana, sarvangasana and paschimottanasana.  It is also practice in combination with ‘Pavan Muktasana for improving the complete digestive system and intestines.


  • Gives rest to the legs for those who are required to stand for a long time, walk long distances or athletes.
  • It relieves constipation.
  • It strengthens the thigh muscles.
  • It brings flexibility of the spine.
  • It stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
  • It is good for patients who suffer from asthma, bronchitis and other lung ailments.



  • Sit in Vajrasana.
  • Place the palms on the floor beside the bottom, fingers pointing to the front.
  • Slowly bend back, place the right and left forearm and both the elbows on the ground.
  • Bring the head down touching the floor and arch the back.
  • Place the hands on the thighs.
  • Try to keep the lower legs in contact with the floor.
  • Separate the knees, if necessary.
  • Hold the position for sometime while breathing normally. Slowly come to the starting position.



  • Person suffering from knee joint pain should not practice it.
  • Those suffering from spondylitis, sacral pain, slipped disc and other spinal defects should do it very carefully under expert supervision.
  • Don’t do this asana if you suffer from high blood pressure.
  • Don’t do this asana if you are pregnant or going through menstruation.




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