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WAYS TO AVOID FEET NUMB FROM VAJRASANA
What is a vajrasana?
It’s a kneeling pose which derives its name from the Sanskrit word Vajra, which means diamond or thunderbolt, and asana, which means pose. The pose is beneficial in activating the Vajra Nadi and obstructs blood flow to thighs and legs and increases flow to the pelvic area and stomach.
It promotes good digestion and aids liver functions and relieves conditions of sciatica, nerve issues. In fact, vajrasana is the only yoga asana that can be done on a full stomach and should be practiced right after having a meal.
Why do most of us feel numb while holding vajrasana?
While vajrasana has umpteen health benefits, as mentioned, most of us find it difficult to hold this pose for even five minutes. Either our feet become numb, or we end up with a sprain. Clearly, that’s not a good sign.
Himalayan Siddha Akshar, Founder, Akshar Yoga Research and Development Centre, tells Health Shots that it is mostly because we are so used to sitting on chairs and have lost the practice of sitting on the floor.
“Most of the time, the numbness is caused because some blood circulation is cut off in the particular alignment of vajrasana. But after you release yourself from the posture and shake your legs out, the numbness will naturally recede,” he says.
What can you do to avoid it?
The first and foremost thing to do is to prepare your body for the pose by warming up thoroughly before sitting in vajrasana
“For this, you can practice Siddha Walk, which is also known by the names of infinity walk, yoga walk, and mind walk. This is walking in the shape or tracing the shape of a figure eight, which is also an infinity symbol. You can do this for 21 minutes in both directions. The Siddha Walk needs to begin from South to north direction and then reverse the process for the same duration of time,” says Grand Master Akshar.