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How to Do the Thunderbolt Pose

The Sanskrit word for this pose means both thunderbolt and diamond, each symbolic of eternal strength—a quality this meditative pose can help you achieve.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Kneel down Kneel down with your toes and knees together and your shins and the tops of your feet resting on the mat.
  • Step 2: Sit on heels Sit back so your spine is straight and your butt is resting between your heels.
  • Step 3: Place hands on knees Place your hands on your knees.
  • TIP: If this is difficult, place a towel or cushioning in between your thighs and calves to elevate your butt. Your knees may eventually allow this pose, but do not strain them.
  • Step 4: Hold pose Hold this pose for a few minutes.
  • TIP: To strengthen the pelvic muscles, carefully recline back—without moving your legs—until your back, shoulders, and head are resting on the mat behind you.
  • Step 5: Release pose Release the pose by bringing your hands to your sides and straightening your legs one at a time.
  • FACT: The Hindu sky god Indra is depicted as a four-armed man on a white elephant carrying a thunderbolt.

You Will Need

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and moving
  • A calm place where you won't be distracted or disturbed
  • A yoga mat or folded blanket
  • A folded towel

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