Sleeping Thunderbolt pose

Supta Vajrasana

  • Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana).
  • Slowly bend back, taking the support of the body onto the right elbow and arm and then the left.
  • Lower the top of the head to the floor and arch the back.
  • Once balanced in the position rest the hands on the thighs.
  • Try to keep the knees in contact with the floor. If necessary, separate the knees.
  • Ensure there is no strain.
  • Close the eyes and relax the body.
  • Remain in the position for as long as comfortable then engage the core muscles and gracefully exit, by reversing the movements and returning to Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana).


  • Slow and deep.



  • In the final position, rest on the back of the head, instead of on the top.


  • Knee problems.
  • Back ailments.
  • Neck problems.
  • Sciatica.
  • Slipped disc.
  • Sacral ailments.
  • High or low blood pressure.


  • Beneficial for the digestive and reproductive systems.
  • Alleviates constipation.
  • Stimulates spinal nerves.
  • Regulates the thyroid gland.
  • Stretches the chest encouraging more oxygen into the system.
  • Helpful for Asthma, bronchitis and other lung ailments.

Practice note

  • Always release the pose by returning to Vajrasana. As straightening the legs first may dislocate the knee joints.
  • Place a small cushion under the knees for support.
  • Position pudding under the head and neck if required.