Yoga: A mudra a day keeps the doctor away

 

The next in the mudra series, popularly known as Vaayu mudra, this mudra decreases the vaayu (air) element within the body.

Method:This mudra is formed by first placing the tip of the index finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger. This amounts to suppression of element air (residing in the first finger) by element fire (residing in the thumb).

Effects : Vaayu-shaamak mudra decreases the air element within the body. This reduction of air Sedates restless and anxious mind, Calms overcharged nervous system, Pacifies overactive endocrine glands, Relaxes tense muscles, Soothes strained voice,  Allows re-hydration of skin and articular cartilage. The element air is also a component of bodily humor Vaata. The decrease of air in the body due to Vaayu-shaamak mudra pacifies the (aggravated) Vaata. Therefore, this mudra is especially suitable for people of Vaata constitution (Vaata dosha). They can regularly use this mudra even to avoid illness.

Benefits of Vaayu-shaamak mudra :
Stress
Anxiety
Irritability
Lack of concentration
Timidity
Indecisiveness
Impatience
Restlessness
Sleeplessness
Epileptic fits (convulsions)
Giddiness
Parkinson’s disease
Chorea
Tremors
Sciatica
Trigeminal neuralgia
Intercostal neuralgia
Twitching of eye-lids
nystagmus (constant involuntary eye-movements)
Tinnitus (noises in the ear/s)
Vertigo
Dizziness
Hormonal imbalances caused by over activity of endocrine glands
Breathlessness
Tachycardia (fast heart beats)
Palpitations
Hiccups
Muscle-spasm
Muscle-cramps
Muscular rigidity
Crackling joints (Osteoarthritis)
Gout
Dry & rough skin/hair
Brittle nails
Constipation
Flatulence (gas formation).

Duration : 30 to 45 minutes every day either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day).
Ideal time: Though Vaayu-shaamak mudra can be done at any time of the day
Precaution
: Many experienced doctors say that the practice of this mudra should be discontinued as soon as the disease has been overcome.

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