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    Ashwini Mudra

    Ashwini Mudra Benefits Ashwini mudra practice lets you consciously control your unconscious activity of the body and hence, you better control your autonomic nervous system Urinary incontinence, a common problem in females, and bed-wetting in children or nightfall can be prevented by doing Ashwini mudra daily. It strengthens the weak muscles of the pelvic floor Effective exercise in the case of piles (hemorrhoids). It increases blood circulation in the anus and treats any swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum. For piles patient, Ashwini mudra should be performed in an inverted pose to get relief from the piles’ irritation It helps in the regulation of the Prostate gland and avoids any symptoms of Prostate Problems. Prostate is a small gland in men that helps make semen [efn_note] Prostate problems https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prostate-problems [/efn_note] In the case of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Ashwini mudra is very helpful, especially when done in Vajrasana. It treats common problems like pain in the stomach, wind, diarrhea, and constipation As Ashwini mudra cures almost any related problems with belly and a healthy belly is considered the answer of glowing skin. Therefore, Ashwini mudra brings a glow in your skin To diminish much sexual desire this mudra should be practiced regularly. Also, in males having sexual dysfunctions, Ashwini mudra proved a helpful remedy [efn_note] A Comparative Clinical Study on Efficacy of Amalaka Yoga and Ashwini Mudra in Klaibya http://www.journalijar.com/article/30418/a-comparative-clinical-study-on-efficacy-of-amalaka-yoga-and-ashwini-mudra-in-klaibya/ [/efn_note] In spiritual benefits, Ashwini mudra purifies the Nadis (energy channels) that help in the awakening of kundalini energy After and before pregnancy, Ashwini mudra can be performed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle that gives support to the growing weight of the fetus In Ashwini mudra, stagnant blood from the legs, thigh, or abdomen is pulled up to the heart, on the purification of which heart pumps fresh blood to these parts of the body
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    Vajroli Mudra

    Vajroli Mudra Procedure There are 5 levels of practicing Vajroli mudra. A practitioner has to master each preceding level before attempting the higher level. Each preceding level transforms practitioners into an expert in controlling their fluids through the urogenital passage Practice 1 – Pulling Up of Muscles Begin with a seated posture, Padmasana, Siddhasana, or Sukhasana, and lengthen your spine. While breathing normally (Very Important), bring your attention to the pubic area through which the root of the penis is attached. Now with an exhalation, start pulling the muscles of the ‘pubic region’ or more precisely the ‘root of the penis’ back and upwards to the navel. (Your lower belly would also come back with this pull, that’s fine!) Hold this pull as per your ease and then release it. This counts the one round. Repeat the process for 15-20 rounds and as gradually your holding capacity improves then increase these rounds. Practice 2 – Rotation of Muscles After this, fetch your attention to the base of the penis. Now, try to rotate muscles around the base in clockwise and then in an anti-clockwise with the same number of rounds. Practice it 10 to 15 rounds per go. One can gradually increase the number of rounds. Level 2 – Movements with Breath Retention (Kumbha) This level of practice demands the external retention of breath (bahya kumbhaka), after arriving into the seating position. Practice 1 – Pulling Up of Muscles Perform Uddiyana bandha – by up and inside pulling of abdominal muscles towards the spine. Now, go for Jalandhar bandha or chin lock, which assists in the external retention of the breath. Make sure not to breathe throughout the practice. Focus on the root muscles of the penis or around the urethral sphincter. Now, pull those muscles upward and hold for a few seconds or minutes and then release gently. Practice as long as it remains comfortable. Then release the uddiyana & then Jalandhar bandha one by one and breathe normally. Practice 2 – Rotation of Muscles Concentrate on the base of the penis. After exhalation, perform uddiyana and jalandhara bandha. Now, try to rotate the vicinity muscles of base of the penis in clockwise and then in an anticlockwise, as in level 1. Begin with 10 to 15 rounds per go and gradually practice as many rounds possible. Without overstraining the practice, release both locks gently and breathe normally. Level 3 – Movements with Naukasana Due to the advancement in practice, practitioners with mastery over the first and second levels can perform this level. Naukasana or boat pose needs to be acquired to proceed with this practice. By lying down in Shavasana breathe normally and relax. Bring your legs into a specific angle to the ground, keeping legs straight. Now, raise your thorax upward and form a V-shaped pose. Lifting of legs and thorax put immense pressure on the abdominal muscles. Use your hands to support the pose and breathe normally. Now, from here perform the PRACTICE 1 and PRACTICE 2 as stated in the FIRST level. Perform as long as it goes and gently releases to come back in lying position, then relax.
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    Maha Mudra

    Mahamudra: Great Psychic Attitude or Great Gesture Mahamudra is translated as great seal or great psychic attitude or great gesture. It’s called so because it’s performed as the combination of many yoga practices and so it combines the benefits of many individual’s practices. In Maha Mudra At the very first step, an asana is performed in which one foot is pressed against the perineum The trunk is bent forward Next, with internal breath retention (Antar Kumbhka) Mula bandha is applied Then, the Uddiyana bandha is applied Then by bringing chin to chest, Jalandhar bandha is applied Finally, at the end of Jalandhar bandha, Shambhavi mudra is performed to deepen the Mahamudra process As you can see, there are almost all practices including Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, and Mudra combines in the Mahamudra process. It makes this a great psychic attitude or great gesture in yoga. However, sometimes it’s referred to Mahamudra asana, as a pose How to Do Maha Mudra (Steps) Begin with sitting in dandasana. Extend your legs straight in front Place both the hands on the floor by your side and straighten your spine Inhale deeply and gradually fold your left foot drawing the left heel towards the perineum Exhale and rotate your left knee to let in touch the floor Inhale taking the hands off the ground and stretch them overhead Exhale bending forward to grasp the big toe of stretched right foot keeping the spine straight and head erect Inhale gently and bring your head to the collar bone and fixing the eyes on the center of the eyebrows Stay in the pose holding the breath in for 8-10 seconds By holding the breath bring your awareness to the bandhas. Practice the Mula bandha by contraction of pubic and coccyx bone. Then, the Uddiyana bandha by holding the breath and pulling the navel deeply in Not letting the air escape out of the lungs contracts the throat muscles and exercises Jalandhara bandha Exhale, and release the bandhas in reverse order Inhale, bring your head up and come up stretching your arms overhead As you exhale bring your hands to the floor Inhale and stretch your left leg out. Rest in dandasna for a few breaths Repeat the practice with folding the right foot
  4. How to Practice Mula Bandha To perform Moola Bandha, you need to bring your awareness to the perineum region and lift it upwards and release with respect to breaths. perineum [efn_note] Perineum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perineum [/efn_note] is located between genital organs and anus The following steps elaborating how you can practice Moola Bandha Steps Firstly, sit in a yoga asana. The best and most preferred asana is Siddhasana because in this asana you can press the heel against the pelvic region or the Mooldhara region You can still do it in Vajrasana, Sukhasana, Guptasana or Girkhasana. The first thing you have to do is to get comfortable with the yoga asana you are sitting in Now take a couple of deep breaths, to relax. When you are relaxed, go for the next step Stage 1 Contract your perineal/vaginal region towards the spine with inhalation, and release it with exhalation Meanwhile, lift the entire pelvic floor up and release Do it slowly and smoothly. Repeat it as long as you can Stage 2 In this stage, you have to focus on your perineum muscles and separate them from the rest of the muscles in the pelvic region Now, contract only perineum muscles slowly and hold them for a few seconds and then release them slowly. This is the Mooldhara Region Breathe naturally, you can perform it as long as you desire Remember, in this stage, you have to contract just perineum region, instead of the whole perineum region. Stage 3 This is the final stage of Moola Bandha. In this stage, inhale deeply and hold the breath. Meanwhile, contract the perineal muscles slowly and hold it tightly for a while Hold this contraction as long as you can hold the breath comfortably and release the contraction with your breath Then take a couple of normal breaths and relax Now, repeat this process as much as you can The main thing is the contraction of your perineum muscles. The contraction might feel like the condition when you have to pee very bad, but you are holding it. In conditions like holding urine or forcing yourself to urinate, you use these muscles In the beginning, you can try this for a while, but after some practice, you can increase the time gradually
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    Uddiyana Bandha

    How to Do Uddiyana Bandha To perform Uddiyana Bandha, you need to focus and concentrate on your abdomen. You just have to lift your abdomen in towards your spine and up towards your ribcage, holding your breath, just after exhalation There are two positions that you can try it on, first is the Standing position, second is sitting position Standing Position Firstly, stand and keep your spine straight Then, bend your knees slightly, keep around a feet distance between them Now, slightly lean forward and put your hands on thighs, just above the knees Take a couple of breaths and relax Sitting Position Sit in a Yoga Asana such as Padmasana or Siddhasna. Get comfortable with the asana Place your hands on the lower thighs, just above the kneecap Take a couple of deep breaths to let a proper flow of prana throughout the body Now you have to focus on your abdomen and perform the following steps
  6. Jalandhara bandha is one of the energetic locks used in a Hatha yoga practice. The name comes from the Sanskrit, jal meaning "throat," dharan, meaning "stream," and bandha, meaning "lock." It is performed by extending the neck while lifting the heart, then dropping the chin to the chest. The tongue presses into the roof of the mouth As well as toning the muscles of the neck, jalandhara bandha is thought to have a powerful effect on the flow of prana in the subtle body. It is believed to control the stream of energy through the nerves and energy channels of the neck An alternate translation of jalandhara bandha is “upwards pulling net,” which alludes to the way that it contains the prana within the torso How to Do Jalandhara Bandha You can simply perform Jalandhara bandha while sitting in Sukhasana, Padmasana. The main pre-requisite of it is, you just have to hold your breath and bend your head to touch the upper part of the chest with your chin. Step-by-Step Instructions While sitting in any cross-legged posture, stretch your knees outwards and place your hands over your knees Now take a slow and deep breath, raise your chest up and hold the breath inside. This is Antara Kumbhaka (holding breath inside). Meanwhile, tilt your head forward and touch your chin with the jugular notch [efn_note] Jugular notch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suprasternal_notch [/efn_note] (notch between our collar bones) gently Bring your awareness to your throat, and hold it there At the point, you touch your chin to Jugular notch, you create a lock. If you are unable to bring your chin exactly at the jugular notch, try to bring it as close as possible to Jugular notch. Hold this position as long as you can When you can’t hold it further, then lift your chin gently and exhale slowly Now, relax for a while & then repeat this whole process again Every time you repeat, you will be activating the energy centre at the level of the throat Ones you have mastered it in Antara Kumbhaka (holding breath inside), you can go for holding the breath out after a complete exhalation (Bahya Kumbhika). The rest of the procedure will be the same. You just have to hold your breath after exhaling instead of inhalation
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    Unmani Mudra

    Unmani is Sanskrit word that means “no mind,” “beyond the mind” or “thoughtless.” In yogic philosophy, it describes a state of transition between two states of consciousness – waking and dreaming. In unmani, the yogi is neither fully awake nor asleep. It can also be thought of as the transition between conscious and unconscious thought patterns. Unmani is not a state of meditation, which requires an awakened state The word unmani is also sometimes used to mean samadhi or one of the levels of samadhi, or the final limb of Patanjali's eightfold path of yoga Sit in any comfortable meditative pose Open your eyes to the fullest without straining Inhale slowly and deeply Retain the breath inside and shift the focus to Bindu (Imagine a point at the back of the forehead) Exhale gradually along with descending the awareness from Bindu through the chakras in the spine. It follows the order Ajna, Vishuddha, Anahata, Manipura, Swadhisthana, and finally terminating at the Muladhara With descending the awareness, gradually close your eyes, and shut them fully reaching the Muladhara The awareness must be concentrated to look within whether the eyes are closed or opened Allow yourself to go through this process spontaneously and effortlessly Inhale again to begin the next round Repeat the process for 11 rounds
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    Kaki Mudra

    Kaki mudra is classified as a mudra, but is in fact a technique of controlled breathing where, on the inhalation, the lips are pursed to create a tube through which air is sucked in slowly and deeply, with the tongue relaxed. At the top of the inhalation, the lips are closed and the exhalation is made through the nose. It can be practiced for at least two minutes, increasing the time as the body gets used to the controlled breathing. From Sanskrit, kaki means “crow” and mudra means "gesture." This mudra is so named because the shape of the mouth on the inhalation resembles a crow’s beak. It is also said to cultivate a healthy long life, which is associated with crows Sit in any meditative posture like sukhasana, padmasana, etc. or on a chair with an erect head and spine Place your hands on the knees either in jnana mudra Keeping the eyes closed relax the entire body for a few minutes Open the eyes and shift your focus on the nose tip without blinking to attain Nasikagra Drishti Purse the lips to give a tube-like structure to the mouth to suck the air in Inhale slowly and deeply through the rounded lips keeping the tongue relaxed Now, close the lips and breathe out through the nostrils Repeat the same process for 3-5 minutes
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    Kechari Mudra

    Kechari mudra is a yoga gesture that's designed to awaken spiritual energies in the body. To perform this mudra, the tongue is rolled back and up into the nasal cavity above the soft palate. The practitioner then breathes in, creating a snoring-like sound, followed by an exhale The name for this mudra comes from the Sanskrit kechari or khecari, meaning “transversing the ethereal regions,” and mudra, meaning “seal” or “gesture Khechari Mudra Steps & Stages One should sit in a meditative pose and fix gaze to the center space between eyes i.e. Third eye chakra Close your mouth, take a few deep breaths, and then do normal breathing (As a beginner you can keep your mouth open to be more aware of tongue movement Khechari Mudra Stage 1 – Soft Palate to Uvula To begin Khechari mudra, extend your tongue up and then roll it back to reach as far as you can. Initially, the tongue may barely reach to the hard palate. Do fake swallowing to slide tongue up to the soft palate. Do it 3-4 times until your tongue rests comfortably at the soft palate. Now try to slide your tongue further into the mouth. If you can’t do it by simple means, you can push the back of the tongue with your clean finger. Reach with your tongue at the bottom of your mouth where it touches the Uvula (a punching bag like structure in your mouth hanging over your tongue). Once you reach this far, do it 3-4 times to get your tongue comfortable up to this point Khechari Mudra Stage 2 – Passing The Uvula Now as your tongue touching the uvula, open your glottis and mouth quickly to blow a bit of air inside the throat This strong bust of air will push rolled tongue behind the uvula and your tongue will ready to enter into the nasopharynx Khechari Mudra Stage 3 – Slipping Tongue Into The Nasopharynx Once tongue makes its way behind the uvula, now its turn to find a place behind uvula from where the tongue doesn’t come to its previous position. This part will come naturally, the tongue will begin slipping but at this moment there would be a strong urge of throwing out tongue Keep breathing slowly, observe what’s happening inside your mouth. One just needs to come over this urge by observing the situation Eventually, your tongue will start slipping into nasopharynx behind the soft palate. This will take tongue to the upmost where it touches a bony structure called the pituitary gland Khechari Mudra Stage 4 – Pressing Pituitary to Secrete Nectar Up to this point, the tongue has reached beyond the top of the pharynx. You will feel an emptiness in the mouth on reaching up to this point. Tongue touching at the topmost point here is nothing but space between your third-eye, where you asked to focus on at the beginning of this practice. Physiologically, this is the seat of the ‘Pituitary gland’, the master gland of the body. When the tongue pressed against this, it gets stimulated. Some fluid will start accumulating in your mouth but saliva wouldn’t be swallowed as long as your tongue remains up. Slowly, bring your tongue down to natural position and you will found the taste of saliva accumulated inside your mouth. In the beginning, the taste of it would be bitter, is a sign of detoxification of your bodily system. But with practice, you will realize the bitter taste becomes sweet like honey, strawberry, and butter taste. It’s called ‘Amrita – the bliss of nectar‘ in Hatha Yoga Pradipik
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    Shanmukhi Mudra

    Shanmukhi mudra is a sacred hand gesture or "seal," used during yoga and meditation practice as a means of channeling the flow of vital life force energy known as prana. This gesture represents closing the six gates of perception – the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. The term is derived from three Sanskrit roots; shan, meaning "six"; mukhi, meaning "face" or "gate" and mudra, meaning "gesture," "mark" or "seal." Shanmukhi mudra is typically performed in a stable, seated meditation posture such as siddhasana (Accomplished Pose), padmasana (Lotus Pose) or sukhasana (Easy Pose). To practice shanmukhi mudra, first raise both hands in front of the face with elbows pointing outwards, in line with the shoulders. With eyes closed, gently press the index fingers to the inner corners of the eyes, place the middle fingers on either side of the nose, the ring fingers above the lips and the little fingers below the mouth. Use the thumbs to gently close the ears. The spine should remain upright and the shoulders relaxed. Shanmukhi mudra is usually practiced for five to ten minutes, often in preparation for meditation. This mudra is also known as Yoni mudra
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    Shambhavi Mudra

    Sambhavi mudra is a symbolic and therapeutic gesture employed in yoga practices and meditation that focuses concentration on the ajna chakra, or "third eye center." The term comes from the Sanskrit words, sambhavi, meaning happiness,” and mudra, meaning “closure,” "mark” or “se There are numerous types of mudras, each thought to have a specific effect on the body and mind by clearing the psychic centers and energy channels. Although the hand mudras are the most common in yoga, there are also head, postural, lock, perineal and, in the case of sambhavi, citta mudras. Citta mudras are also known as "consciousness seals
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    Tadagi Mudra

    The basic posture involved in the Tadagi mudra is dandasana (staff pose), however, the body in this mudra also shares a close resemblance with paschimottanasana. Tadagi mudra involves pulling the abdomen inward molding into a barrel-shape instead of going all the way down to touch the forehead to the knees. Thus, also referred to as the barreled abdomen technique. The reference of this mudra is seen in ancient yogic texts like Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and Shiva Samhita. These show its ritualistic significance as a mudra. How to Do Tadagi Mudra Sit stretching the legs straight in front with feet slightly apart. Keep the head and spine erect. Place your hands on the knees, close your eyes, and relax. Bend forward to wrap the thumbs, index, and middle fingers to the outside of the feet. Slightly arch your back by lifting the head and stretching the neck backward. Now bring the chin to the chest while exhaling. Hold the breath out and pull the abdominal muscles inward to hollow up the abdomen. Stay in this mudra molding the abdomen into a shape of a tank or pot for 10-15 seconds. Then, release the abdomen back to the normal position. Slowly come back to the initial sitting posture. Lift the chin off the chest while taking a deep breath in. Contraindications and Precautions Avoid holding Tadagi mudra during pregnancy. People suffering from a hernia or prolapse should not try this mudra. Do not exert any strain on the lungs while holding the breath inside. Keep the body relaxed, especially the trunk region. You can release the toes between breaths to adjust for practicing this mudra comfortably
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    Manduki Mudra

    Manduki mudra is a seated yogic gesture that employs use of the whole body. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, manduki, meaning "frog," and mudra, meaning "gesture" or "attitude." The Upanishads categorize this mudra as one that involves the organs in the face Manduki mudra may also be known as frog gesture in English
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    Karnapidasana

    Karnapidasana is the name of an inversion asana that requires flexibility and balance. The name comes from the Sanskrit karna, meaning “ear,” pida, meaning “pressure,” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” This asana is also sometimes called raja halasana (king plow pose) because it is a more advanced version of halasana To enter this pose, begin by lying on the back. The legs are raised overhead and then behind the head. The bent knees touch the ears The common English name for karnapidasana is knee-to-ear pose, although it is also sometimes called ear pressure pose In addition to its physical benefits, karnapidasana calms the mind, controls negative thoughts, and reduces stress and fatigue Traditionally, karnapidasana is believed to activate the visuddha, manipura and svadisthana chakras. Stimulating these chakras through the pose is believed to have the following benefits Visuddha purifies not only the body, but the psyche and mind Manipura controls vitality and the balance of energy Svadisthana fosters inner acceptance and promote focus and productivit
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    Viparita Karani

    Viparita karani is a Sanskrit term that denotes an act of inverting. In Sanskrit, viparita means "inverted" or "reversed," and karani means "doing" or "making Although any inverting action is technically a viparita karani, the term is most commonly used in yoga to indicate an asana known as legs-up-the-wall pose in English. In this asana, the practitioner lays on the back with the legs extended against a wall Viparita karani is a very restorative and rejuvenating asana that both soothes and energizes the body and mind. It is an inversion in the shoulder stand family, similar to sarvangasana. However, viparita karani is more accessible for beginners and easier to hold for extended periods of time and, so, the practitioner may enjoy its fullest rejuvenating benefits
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    Adi Mudra

    Adi mudra is considered the first mudra because it is the first position an infant can make with the hands. It is often used while practicing meditation, and is thought to aid in pranayama because it increases breathing and lung capacity, thus increasing oxygen flow throughout the body The adi mudra is also thought to stimulate the brain, which is closely related to the crown (sahasrara) chakra that governs an individual's sense of peace, higher awareness and oneness with the universe It is recommended to practice adi mudra in a quiet setting while meditating and focusing on the breath, with the palms facing down on the thighs in a seated pose, such as padmasana (lotus pose). Because this mudra calms and soothes the nervous system, it can be beneficial to incorporate into the end of an asana practice
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    Rudra Mudra

    Rudra mudra is a hand gesture used in yoga practice that is believed to have powerful healing and energizing qualities. Rudra is a Sanskrit word that means “howler” or “terror.” It is also the name of a Rigvedic deity and is associated with the Hindu god, Shiva. Mudra means “gesture” or “seal To perform rudra mudra, take a comfortable seated position, then touch the tips of the ring and index fingers to the top of the thumb, while the middle and little fingers extend comfortably Rudra mudra is believed to activate the solar plexus (manipura) chakra, which is associated with personal transforming power. This mudra has a wide range of physical and mental benefits, including Improves mental clarity Helps concentration Eases tension Improves circulation and respiration Reduces feelings of dizziness and exhaustion Promotes better eating habits Energizes the body Promotes empowerment Is therapeutic for low blood pressure Improves eyesight Yogis also use rudra mudra to help them reach their potential and achieve their goals
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    Shunya Mudra

    Shunya mudra is a simple yoga gesture designed to decrease the space element (akasha) in the body. It is a hasta (hand) mudra, and one of a series of therapeutic mudras thought to have healing properties In this mudra, the tip of the middle finger is placed at the base of the thumb, and the thumb presses gently on the middle finger just below the knuckle. The remaining three fingers stretch comfortably to the sky The name of this mudra comes from the Sanskrit shunya, meaning “emptiness,” “openness” or spaciousness,” and mudra, meaning “gesture” or “seal.” Shunya may also refer to the sky heaven. As such, shunya mudra may be translated as "heaven mudra
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    Apana Vayu Mudra

    Apan vayu mudra, also known as mritsanjeevani mudra, is a very powerful mudra, which was in ancient India believed to save lives in case of heart attacks To perform this mudra, the index finger folds and the tip touches the base of the thumb. The tips of the thumb, middle finger and ring finger touch, little finger remains straight and pointing outward Folding the index finger reduces the air element, which helps to relieve pain and relax the body and mind. Connection of the thumb, middle finger and ring finger increases the fire element and the earth element, which helps to detoxify and cleanse the body, supply more oxygen to heart arteries and increase the power of the heart
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    Kalesvara Mudra

    Kalesvara Mudra is a hand gesture used to calm the mind and take control over thoughts and emotions. Mudras help to direct the flow of prana or energy within the body, and each had a particular focus or symbolism. This mudra is dedicated to Kalesvara, otherwise known as the Lord of Time. Kalesvara Mudra therefore guides us to contemplate time, death and our behaviours in life, helping us to overcome unwanted traits by shifting the focus from monkey mind to self-observation Kalesvara Mudra can be practiced in any seated meditation posture, using the following steps Bring the tips of the middle fingers together Bring the first and middle joint of the index finger together Bring the thumbs together, creating a heart shape Gently curl the remaining fingers in, and connect the thumbs to the sternum Draw the elbows out to the side
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    Mahasirs Mudra

    Mahasirs mudra is a sacred hand gesture or 'seal,' primarily used to treat headaches. It can also improve circulation, relieve stress and eliminate mucus congestion in the sinuses. The tension-relieving effect of this mudra can help to balance energy in both body and mind Follow these steps to practice mahasirs mudra Come to a stable meditation posture On both hands, bring the tips of your thumb, middle finger and index finger together Place your ring fingers in the crease near the base of your thumbs Extend your little fingers Close your eyes and focus on deep and steady breaths This mudra can be practiced as often as required, for at least six minutes. For maximum benefits, practice mahasirs mudra three times per day Mahasirs mudra is also known as the Large Head mudr
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    Ushas Mudra

    Ushas mudra is a basic yoga gesture that's designed to energize the body and awaken creativity. It is a hasta (hand) mudra. The name is derived from the Sanskrit ushas, meaning “dawn,” and mudra, meaning “gesture” or “seal In this mudra, the hands are clasped together with the fingers interlaced. For men, the right thumb should be on top. For women, the left thumb rests on top. The top thumb should apply gentle pressure to the other thumb In English, ushas mudra is also known as "the break-of-day mudra" and "the origin of all good things Ushas mudra is believed to bring about change and new beginnings. As such, it can help awaken the body and mind when practiced in the morning Practicing ushas mudra is also thought to have the following benefits Increases clarity and mental alertness Balances the hormones Enlivens sexuality Enhances pleasure In a spiritual yoga practice, this mudra opens the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with creativity and sexuality As with any hasta mudra, ushas mudra is particularly beneficial when meditating, and can be practiced while seated, prone, standing or even walking -- as long as the body is relaxed and the posture is symmetrical. It is recommended that ushas mudra be practiced for five to 15 minutes a day
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    Uttarabodhi Mudra

    Uttarabodhi mudra is a yogic hand gesture of enlightenment The hands interlock in front of the navel, leaving the index fingers and thumbs extended. The tips of the index fingers touch, pointing upward, and the tips of the thumbs touch as well, pointing downward This mudra should be practiced for 15 to 20 minutes, one to three times a day to get the best results, but can be performed any time and any place as needed Practicing uttarabodhi mudra is a great way to calm the excited mind, or soothe the nerves before starting any seemingly overwhelming task It is believed that uttarabodhi mudra is great for improving self-confidence and realizing the inner Self. It removes fear and teaches one to not worry about anything but God Uttarabodhi mudra is also said to help inspiration, problem-solving and decision-making, as well as improve focus and concentration
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    Asthma Mudra

    The asthma mudra is a symbolic, ritualistic gesture of the hands used in a yoga practice to relieve the yogi of asthma attacks. From Sanskrit, mudra means "gesture," "mark" or "seal." This gesture, when displayed along with pranayama or a meditative practice, is thought to assist yogis in relieving mild asthma attacks or, when practiced routinely, aids in preventing them To practice this mudra, bend the middle fingers of both hands, pressing the fingernails of both middle fingers together. Palms should press together gently with the other fingers remaining straigh It is believed that the asthma mudra relaxes muscles that line the respiratory tract, offering relief to those who experience asthma or breathing difficulties. Mudras are thought by yogis to influence the biological map contained in the brain, and the asthma mudra specifically offers relaxation to the bronchial tubes For the asthma mudra to be effective, it is recommended to practice for five minutes at three times a day, and can be used in addition to a pranayama, meditative or asana practice. It is recommended to practice for 15 minutes when experiencing breathing difficulty
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    Bhairava Mudra

    Bhairava mudra is a symbolic, ritualistic gesture of the hands often used in a spiritual yoga practice to produce a balanced energy flow during meditation. Bhairava is a Hindu deity associated with annihilation and considered a ferocious manifestation of Shiva the Destroyer; it is also a Sanskrit term meaning "terrible" or frightful." Also a Sanskrit term, mudra means "gesture," "mark" or "seal In this mudra, the right hand is placed on top of the left hand with the palms facing up. The left hand can also be placed on the right hand in a variation called bhairavi mudra Bhairava mudra is considered a natural gesture that brings harmony to the body’s energy flow during meditation and pranayama practice. When the hand positions are reversed (where the left hand is positioned on top of the right hand), it is believed to activate consciousness and manifestation Within Tantric texts and yoga practice, Bhairava mudra is considered the ultimate mudra, where individual awareness is unified in the mind and body -- both the inward and outward Self are one
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