When people begin a Yoga asana practice, many think that progress means that they will be able to tackle what are mislabeled as advanced poses. But Yoga has no levels -- these are only creations of the modern times that build the lower ego and fuel competition. Different poses challenge us at different times, and all are important. Some days, the most advanced pose you can do is one that asks you to be still in a world that constantly moves.
Simple does not mean that vajrasana is not worth doing, or that it is a pose that allows you to check out. If you sit in a chair all day, the muscles along your spine will likely be quite challenged by staying erect for 15 or more breaths. And staying connected to your body the entire time you are in vajrasana is a workout for the mind. This is a pose worth doing and doing consciously.
Vajrasana also brings a great benefit to digestion. It invites prana and blood flow into the first three chakras, or the area between the base of the spine and the diaphragm. It’s a great practice after a meal or as a regular part of your asana practice to help the digestive organs do their jobs. Bring vajrasana as an offering after a holiday meal. Your gift will be helping your loved ones experience the joy of finding connection through stillness and balanced agni.