In Sanskrit “Mudra” means “Seal or closure”. By making the seal, there is a union of body and mind.
Position : Sitting
Type : Balancing body and mind pose
Spiritual Awareness : Balancing influence on all the chakras, while bending down effect on Manipura
Physical Awareness : Spine, back, abdomen, knees, ankles, forehead with breathing pattern.
Dosha Suitability : Best advisable for Vata, whereas pita and Kapha can also benefit.
Introducery Asanas : Ardha Matsyendrasana, Ushtrasana, Bhujangasna
- Sit in Padmasanaand close the eves. Relax the body for some time, breathing normally.
- Hold one wrist behind the back with the other hand, Inhale deeply.
- While exhaling, bend forward, keeping the spine straight. Bring the forehead to the floor or as close as possible.
- Relax the whole body in the final position, breathing slowly and deeply. Be aware of the pressure of the heels on the abdomen.
- Stay in the position for as long as is comfortable.
- Do not strain the back, ankles, knees or thighs by forcing the body into the posture.
- Slowly return to the legs crossed the other way around.
- Repeat the pose with the legs crossed the other way around.
Follow-up Asanas: Matsyasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Ushtrasana, Bhujangasana
- This is an excellent asana for massaging the abdominal organs and removing many ailments connected with this part of the body.
- It stretches the spine, gently toning the spinal nerves which emerge from the spaces between the vertebrae, contributing to good geberal health.
- Yogamudrasana is used to awaken manipura chakra.
Precautions and Contraindications:
People with serious eye, heart or back conditions and those in the early post-operative or post delivery period should not attempt this asana.