Intoxicating Bliss Pose

Ananda Madirasana

  • Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana).
  • Place the palms on top of the heels, fingers pointing towards each other (if uncomfortable, place the palms just above the heels).
  • Ensure the head, neck and back are upright and straight.
  • Close the eyes and relax the whole body.

  • Slow and deep.

  • The sensations in the legs, buttocks and spine.
  • The breath.
  • Ajna chakra.

  • Blood flow from the legs is redirected to the abdomen stimulating the digestive system.
  • Helps to remove piles.
  • Strengthens the pelvic muscles.
  • Useful in dilated veins of the testicles and hydrocele in men.
  • Alleviates menstrual disorders, Hernia and sciatica.
  • Improves varicose veins and fluid retention in the legs.
  • Soothes tired and aching leg muscles.
  • Calms the mind.
  • Relaxes the nervous system.

  • Place a small cushion under the buttocks, between the thighs and the calves.
  • A cushion can also be placed under the ankles for more comfort.
  • If there is pain in the thighs, separate the knees slightly.
  • If the ankles ache after some time in the pose, come into the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti) and shake the feet vigorously to relieve the stiffness.
  • Imagine that the breath is moving in and out of the eyebrow centre. Inhale from the eyebrow centre to ajna chakra and exhale from ajna chakra to the eyebrow centre.