The Incredible Benefits of Apana Mudra
Apana Mudra takes its name from “apan-vayu”, one of the five subdivisions of life – the energy called “Pran” (Sanskrit) in yoga and Ayurveda. Apana is the second most important of the five forms of Pran and “Vayu” is a Sanskrit word which means wind and refers to the movement of Pran through the body. In this mudra, two mudras are formed together, viz. Prithvi Mudra and Akash Mudra – union of three elements, namely fire, space and earth. Akash Mudra cures all diseases related to heart, lungs, ears and throat while Prithvi Mudra gives strength to the body and removes all vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
It is a sacred hand gesture or ‘seal’, used during yoga and meditation practice as a means of channeling the flow of life force energy. It is also called a purification mudra and is specifically used to detoxify and purify the body while balancing the elements of fire, space and earth within it. When wastes and toxins accumulate in the body, it creates an imbalance in our physical and mental state.
It is a “hasta mudra”, which means it is performed with the hands. Going back to what I mentioned in my previous article, the Apana Vayu Mudra is active in the pelvic and lower abdomen regions and is responsible for digestion, elimination and reproduction (male and woman).
The Apana Mudra increases the Vata and Kapha doshas while helping to decrease Pitta, thus helping to balance the three doshas in the body. The elimination mechanism of Apana Mudra can be understood by knowing the energy associated with five fingers.
Thumb – Fire Energy
Index – Air Energy
Middle Finger – Ether Energy
Ring finger – Earth energy
Little finger – The energy of water
In Apana Mudra, you bring the earth (ring finger) and ether (middle finger) elements into contact with the fire (thumb) element. The reason: For the elimination of waste in the body. When an imbalance occurs between these two elements, the body becomes heavy due to the constriction of the organs of elimination (anus and genitals). In yogic psychology, fire is considered the main element that burns away imbalances present in other elements. Thus, by practicing Apana Mudra, the elements associated with the elimination of wastes and toxins in the body are balanced. It affects all the organs located in that part of the body, viz. reproductive organs, stomach, colon, rectum, anus, hips, thighs, legs, knees, feet, etc. and cures all diseases of these organs. It activates the Swadhisthan and Muladhara chakras.
Benefits of Apana Mudra:
· Doing this mudra during pregnancy three times a day for 15 minutes in the 8th and 9th month can ensure a normal delivery.
This mudra helps soothe menstrual pain and cramps. This mudra is a must for women who have irregular periods.
Strengthen the pelvic organs.
· Heals back pain.
· Strengthens the immune system.
· Improves overall intestinal health.
It helps cure nausea, vomiting, hiccups, etc.
· It is useful in colon infections and diseases such as constipation, colitis, hemorrhoids.
It is also helpful in curing high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory disease, toothache, gum disease, pyorrhea, liver disease, colic (stomachache), etc.
· It helps to cure impotence in both men and women.
Apana Mudra has a downward energy movement and can lead to conditions such as constipation, irregular menstrual cycles and premature ejaculation when blocked or out of balance. Due to the strong downward force generated by this mudra, Apana Mudra should not be practiced by women during their first 8 months of pregnancy. However, if done within the last month, it can help ensure a smooth and easy delivery. Those suffering from diarrhea, cholera and colitis should also avoid this mudra. Those with excess vata and kapha dosha should practice this mudra in moderation.
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Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2022, 12:04 PM IST