Laghu Vajrasana – Little Thunderbolt Pose

Laghu Vajrasana – Little Thunderbolt Pose


Laghu Vajrasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Laghu(little),Vajra(Thunderbolt or weapon of god Indra), andasana (posture or pose). Vajra is the strongest weapon in the world, By practising this pose, our body will act like Vajra.  It is called as Little Thunderbolt Pose or Lovely Thunderbolt Pose in English.

Laghu Vajrasana opens the visuddha chakra (throat chakra) and the ajna chakra (third eye chakra). So, by practising regularly this pose will increase creativity, intellectual, intuitionand the insight.

Laghu Vajrasana requires strength, balance and flexibility. It opens and expands the Throat and chest.

Camel pose is a good preparatory pose of Laghu Vajrasana. It has many variations too.

Steps Involved:

  1. Start with kneel down position.
  2. Make sure that your thighs should be perpendicular to the floor.
  3. Form the camel pose.(Lift your chest to lengthen your spine and move back)
  4. Clutch your ankles by your hands.
  5. Drop your head back.
  6. Slowly drop your head back and lower the crown to the yoga mat.
  7. Form the backbend.
  8. At the same time keep your arms straight and hold your ankles.
  9. Hold in this position for few seconds.
  10. Exit the pose; by draw yourself back to kneel down.
  11. Repeat all the steps three to five times.


  • Opens and widens the throat, quadriceps and chest.
  • Stretches the spine and back.
  • Improves digestion process.
  • Strengthens the chest and shoulders.
  • Good stretches at thighs and back parts.
  • Increases the flexibility in the spine and the whole body.
  • Tones of pelvic organs, limbs and thighs.
  • Provides strength to the abdominal region.
  • Increases the oxygen in take, and cures the breathing related problems.
  • Increases the process of digestive system.

Dos, Don’ts and Tips:

People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.

  • Spine problems
  • Back Injury
  • Neck injuries

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.

Beginners please do not practise alone or without the proper guidance. It is always advisable to practise any pose under the good yoga teacher.

To practise LaghuVajrasana, need lots of strength. So, before practise this pose directly, practise after the sun salutation (Suryanamaskar) and some hip, chest opening poses.