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Yoga for beginners - Vajrasana Series 1

Kwench Yoga Challenge Vajrasana 1 is a 20 min follow along for beginners which will increase Sexual Control and overall stability of the mind.  

Vairagya or the emotional distance acquired over the Lust leads to Brahmacharya, a two-part Sanskrit word where ‘Brahman’ is Omnipresent Supreme Consciousness and ‘Char’ is the movement towards it.  

Brahmacharya, one the Yama’s of Ashtanga leads to preservation of Sexual Energy which sublimates into Veerya, energy of the highest order which furthers Spiritual progress on the path of Yoga. 


Vajra 

The Vajra or thunderbolt is the weapon of Lord Indra, the King of the Gods. In Sanskrit the term 'Vajra' relates to firm, determined & decisive Awareness.  The earliest mention of the vajra is in the Rigveda, part of the four Vedas. And according to the Puranas, the ‘Vajra’ is considered as one of the most powerful weapons in the universe. 
 
The use of the vajra as a symbolic and ritual tool spread from the Hindu religion to other Dharmic traditions of Buddhism and Jainism, first in India and then in other parts of Asia. 

Vajra in Yoga

In yogic context, Vajra refers to Vajra Nadi (Energy Channel), which governs the uro-genital system and is responsible for sexual behaviour. Asanas in this series help in control of the Vajra Nadi which sublimates sensual energy and channelise it towards activating higher brain centres.

The Vajra Nadi is major nadi situated within the Sushumna Nadi, the most important Nadi from the Yogic point of view. It begins at the base of the Spine where the Muladhara (Root Chakra) is situated.

All Yogic Practices are aimed to awaken the Energy situated in the Muladhara Chakra which travels upwards towards the higher Chakras as the practice deepens.

The asanas in Vajrasana series are also effective in the maintenance of digestive system and boost metabolism. They provide strength to muscles of abdomen, back & legs.

Vajra as a Metaphor

The use of Vajra, appears in Puranas where Lord Indra, a metaphor for the Mind, was driven crazy by a demon called Vritra – a metaphor for a negative Vritti – an unpious, aggressive  thought.   

The demon had a boon that he could be killed by any weapon made of metal or wood. In the battle with this demon, Lord Indra – the Mind approaches the triad of Consciousness - Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva who reveal that only a weapon made from the bones of Sage Dadichi could defeat this demon.  

Sage Dadichi – who is a metaphor for the body, gives up his life through practicing  the art of Yoga. With his bones, the weapon of Vajra – a metaphor for firm, determined and decisive Awareness is created by Mind which slays the demonic disturbing thought and reclaims its place as King of devaloka, the abode of the Divine.

Vajra - Symbolic use

Param Vir Chakra, India's highest war time military decoration has a motif of Vajra, the weapon of Indra created by the bones donated by sage Dadhichi, as a tribute to the Supreme sacrifice offered to Mother India.