Tag Archives: Yoga Mudra

Vyana Vayu Mudra – Hand Gesture for Vyana Flow

Vyana Vayu Mudra - Hand Gesture

Vyana Vayu Mudra is a hand mudra or gesture used for improving blood circulation and regulating blood pressure. In Ayurveda, the thumb represents the fire element, the middle finger indicates space element and the index finger, the air element. Vyana Vayu mudra brings together these three elements, which is said to give therapeutic benefits.

Apana Vayu Mudra – Hand Gesture for Apana Flow

Apana Vayu Mudra - Hand Gesture

Apana Vayu Mudra is a hand mudra or gesture used for improving health of the small and large intestine and related organs of elimination. In Ayurveda, the thumb represents the fire element, the middle finger indicates space element and the ring finger the earth element. Apana Vayu mudra brings together these three elements, which is said to give therapeutic benefits.

Yoni Mudra – Mudra of the Source

Yoni Mudra - Mudra of the Source

Yoni Mudra is so called because the practice leads the yogi to a state of mind similar to the one experienced in the womb. Yoni Mudra involves closing the two ears, the two eyes, the nose and the mouth with the fingers. This helps to cut off all the external inputs to the sense organs and the gaze of the practitioner is fixed on the inner activity.

Maha Bheda Mudra – The Great Piercing Attitude

Maha bheda Mudra

Maha Bheda Mudra or the Great Piercing Attitude is mentioned in both Hatha Yoga Pradeepika and Gheranda Samhita. In Sanskrit, Maha means great, Bheda means to pierce and Mudra means a gesture, attitude or seal. Maha Bheda Mudra is to be practiced along with Maha Mudra and Moola Bandha. It is highly recommended by yogis.

Uddiyana Bandha – The Abdominal Lock

Uddiyana bandha - Abdominal Lock

Uddiyana Bandha or the Abdominal Lock is one of the three main Bandhas or locks practised by yogis. Uddiyana Bandha is described in the yogic texts Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, Gheranda Samhita and the Siva Samhita. Uddiyana Bandha is said to activate the Manipuraka Chakra and channels the pranic energy upwards.

Nasikagra Drishti – Nose Tip Gazing Mudra

Nasikagra Drishti - Nose Tip Gazing

Nasikagra Drishti or Agochari Mudra means “Nose tip gazing”. In Sanskrit, ‘Nasika’ means the nose and ‘agra’ means the end or the tip. ‘Drishti’ means the sight. Thus, Nasikagra Drishti literally means gazing at the tip of the nose. Nasikagra Drishti is a powerful practice to develop concentration and is used in conjunction with many meditation techniques.