Prana Vayu acts in different ways for different organs and places of the body. From this point of view, they have also been given different names like Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana and Vyana. This air community functions differently in five major centres. The prana space is mainly in the pleasure centre in the heart. Prana extends from the navel to the throat. The function of prana is to inhale, exhale, digest the food eaten, divide the juice of food into different units, make rasa from food and form other dhatus from the rasa.
While the place of Apana is the centre of health and strength, in yoga it is called the Muladhara Chakra. The function of Apana is to expel faeces, urine, semen, womb and rajas. It helps in moving positions like sleeping, sitting, getting up, walking etc. Just as acquisition is necessary for life, so immersion is also essential for life.
There is only a system of acquisition in the body, if there is no immersion, then it becomes difficult for a person to survive even for a day. The body cleanses itself through immersion. If the process of body immersion is stopped for one, two or three days, then the whole body becomes malagar. In such a condition it becomes difficult for a person to remain healthy. Apana mudra is a very important action to protect human health. Because it regulates an important requirement of a healthy body – immersion process and makes the body pure. That is, Apana mudra purifies impurity and dirt. Let us know how Apana Mudra is done and what are its benefits.
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Method of doing Apana Mudra
- Sit in Sukhasana or any other meditation posture. Keep both hands on the knees, palms facing upwards and the spine should be straight.
- Bend the index finger (thumb dice) of the hand and put it on the tip of the thumb and touch the first tip of the middle (middle finger) and ring finger (third finger) with the first tip of the thumb and press lightly.
- The little finger (little finger) will remain straight.
Currency time and duration
Both Prana and Apana have importance in the body. The goal of yoga is to make both prana and Apana equal. The union of both Prana and Apana creates stability in the mind. The best time to do Apana Mudra is morning, afternoon and evening. This mudra can be done for a total of 48 minutes in a day. You can also do 16 minutes thrice a day.
Health benefits of Apana Mudra:
- Apana mudra is a panacea for heart diseases, it makes the heart strong. That is why it is also called Heart Mudra.
- According to acupressure, its pressure centre points remove respiratory diseases.
- This mudra eliminates stomach problems, is extremely beneficial in diseases like indigestion, gas, acidity, constipation.
- It is helpful in removing air disorders and diabetes.
- It removes tooth defects and pain.
- Removes body heat by sweating.
- The body and the nerves are purified.
- Mal and impurities are excreted and purity is attained.
- It removes urinary defects.
Special things about Apana Mudra
Full benefits can be taken by doing this mudra with both hands. But if for some reason one hand is engaged in other work, then this mudra can be done with one hand also. Although doing it with one hand does not give as much benefit as doing it with both hands, but it is definitely beneficial. The defects of Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana and Vyana Vayu can be refined with Apana Mudra.
Caution during Apana Mudra
Apana mudra is a powerful mudra, in which the three elements meet together with the fire element, so it should not be done more than a certain time. Also, more urine can come from this currency. There is no need to be afraid of it.