Continuing on the subject of the Vayus & their accompanying Mudras... let’s look at Apana Mudra the next, the gesture that helps to activate Apana Vayu.
The key role of Apana Vayu is in supporting the eliminatory processes of the body & mind, from the physical such as bowel movement, urination etc. to the emotional like stress or anxiety relief.
Apana Mudra helps to strengthen this Vayu - as elimination occurs, the body cleanses, which brings a purifying quality to this Mudra.
Governed by exhalation, which supports the parasympathetic nervous system, & the downward flow of breath, this Vayu can give a relaxing & grounding effect too.
1. Sat in a cross-legged seated position (refer to my recent post on how to find a comfortable seat)
2. Bring the tip of the thumb to the tip of the 3rd & 4th fingers; extend the 2nd & 5th fingers
3. Rest Mudra (palms facing up) on the knees & breath nasally
4. As you breath, pay attention to the effects of the Mudra to your body & mind
Hongyi the yogi
Full-time yoga teacher & trainee yoga therapist in London. Eager to share, eager to learn!