Wednesday, May 11, 2011

VAYU MUDRA



The above is an image of Vayu Mudra.However, the book I refer to, keeps the thumb straight in the same place as shown in the image, instead of bent.

All the rules of doing a Mudra as explained in the previous post of Sahaj Shankh Mudra have to be followed while doing Vayu Mudra also.I am reapeating them here, for the sake of those who do not know or have forgotten :

1.One should not eat for 30 minutes before and after doing any mudra.
2.All mudras should be used only till a problem persists and not beyond such time.
3.A mudra can be practised for a maximum of 45 minutes a day for most benefit.One may divide this into 15 minutes at a time totalling 45 minutes.However, I have noticed benefits even when these are practised for 5-10 minutes a day.

(Do not continue to practise any mudra if you feel that it is harming you.)ALSO ALL MUDRAS SHOULD BE PRACTISED FOR A MAXIMUM OF 15 DAYS TO A MONTH.THREAFTER, IF NEED BE TO PRACTISE THEM FURTHER, THEN ONE SHOULD DISCONTINUE THEM FOR A WEEK OR TWO AND RESTART AFTER THAT FOR ANOTHER 15 DAYS TO A MONTH. REPEAT TILL ONE DOES NOT NEED TO PRACTISE THE MUDRA ANY MORE.

Lie down for 5-10 minutes after practising all the Mudras for maximum benefit.

To obtain the best benefit of mudra practise them first thing in the morning after waking up.Mudras are normally to be practised in padmasan or vajrasan, however, if you do not them, you would still benefit, but yes, you should at least sit in cross legged position.Mudras can be done even if you are taking any other medication.

HOW TO DO THE VAYU MUDRA :

Let the tip of the index finger touch the base of your thumb, and press down the index finger lightly with your thumb,keeping the rest of your fingers straight to do the Vayu Mudra.Best benefit of Vayu Mudra is obtained by doing it in Vajrasan.

It is possible that you start, burping or farting while doing this Mudra or thereafter, do not worry, it only means that your body is releasing the excess vayu(vatta) from your system.

Benefits of Vayu Mudra :

1.Vayu(also known as vatta)produced in the system,tends to go and stay in different parts of your body, creating vatta ailments(like arthritis, Ankylosing spondilitis,sciatica,knee pain,cervical spondylosis,etc) in those areas.For these kind of vatta ailments, this mudra is very beneficial as it reduces the amount of excess vayu in your system.
2.For those who experience a lot of gas, after having food, it is good to do this mudra in vajrasan for immediate relief.
3.The book I read from which I learnt this mudra also classifies Parkinsons,polio,paralysis as vatta ailments and says this mudra should help in them too.
4.It helps in relieving stiffness in your neck.

CAUTION :
Do not use this Mudra for more than 30 minutes at any point in time.If badly required, it may be done 2-3 times a day for 15 minutes at each time.The moment your pain stops or you have obtained substantial relief, immediately stop using this Mudra.
This Mudra is also like the opposite of Gyan Mudra, which is very beneficial for your brain, so overuse of this Mudra can be harmful for you.
Do not repeatedly use this Mudra as you would use other Mudras unless absolutely neccessary, and even then use it for lesser number of days.Use this Mudra sparingly.

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