Today we’re going to practice the Apan Mudra for ten minutes. It’s a hand gesture that offers lots of health benefits. We’ll tell you all about it in this guide.
The Apan mudra has been used for thousands of years as a way to produce peace in the mind and heart. And judging by our experience with it, it truly works.
The Apan mudra is one of the most important of all yoga mudras It is used to clear out toxins in the body and to promote inner peace and harmony.
If you are new to mudras, take a look at my guide in which I explain what mudras are and how they work. It provides a lot of key background information and research for this article.
As we were discussing, the Apan mudra is a very powerful mudra and it can be used to produce peace and also to stop illnesses. That’s not why we’re practicing it today. Today we’re practicing it for pure relaxation and tranquility. But it is good to know that this little mudra also has lots of health benefits and can even cure illnesses.
A great majority of diseases these days are caused by toxins that enter our bodies because of our lifestyles. Cancer is perhaps the worst of all, and is caused almost entirely by toxins. A study by Columbia University revealed that 95% of cancer is caused by toxins. Given that the average person has between 400 and 800 chemicals in their body, clearing them out is immensely important.
But how do you clear your body of toxins and chemicals?
One way is with the Apan mudra.
This powerful mudra eliminates toxins and free radicals from the body, preventing illness and disease.
But just what does “Apan Mudra” Mean?
Mudras can be used to influence the elements in the body. As explained by yogic lifestyle expert and holistic health specialist Rima J Pundir,
Mudras are considered so very important because it is said that our hands are full of our karmic energy, while our fingers are like plugs that help exchange energy between our pranic force (life energy) and the universal cosmic energy. Mudras, thus, can influence the pranic energy – further branching out into emotional, mental, physical and spiritual energies. READ MORE
The Apan mudra is the Energy Mudra. It promotes the wood element and creates energy in the gallbladder and liver. Because of this, the Apan mudra provides us with all the health benefits that are associated with the wood elements.
Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of the Apan mudra.
The Benefits The Apan Mudra Provides Us With
- One of the most important benefits of the Apan mudra technique is that it helps to remove toxins from the body.
- Using the Apan hand position for fifteen minutes a day helps to remove these toxins and thereby strengthens each of our organs.
- It can help to regulate urine
- Aids perspiration
- Relieves constipation.
- Is of benefit to dental health
- Can prevent vomiting because it regulates digestion and helps the digestive system to relax.
- Helps the body to cleanse toxins
- Strengthen digestion
- Improve eyesight
- Improves hearing.
- Helps treat menstrual problems.
- Helps with eyes, mouth, ears and nose problems.
Apan Mudra Technique / Position
Bring the tips of your ring finger, thumb, and middle finger together while holding your other two fingers straight up. Hold this position for forty minutes while meditating. Try the mudra for five minutes now before continuing to read on below.
Useful Items for this Mudra
You will find it useful to have the following items ready.
Meditation Cushion: To truly achieve a meditative state you need to be sitting comfortably and with good posture. Meditation cushions help. Be sure to check out our guide to picking and buying a meditation cushion
Mala: Malas help you to count your breaths and to count mantra recitations. A mala will also create energy. The type of energy a mala provides is dependent on the material it’s made from. Read our guide to picking the ideal mala HERE.
Optional: It is worth pick up a good guide to mudras. Many books list hundreds of mudras for use in all different occassions. For my personal recommendations on the best mudra books HERE
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