Khechari Mudra: Swallow Your Tongue For True Wisdom

 The yogic Khechari Mudra is believed to help practitioners achieve a greater level of knowledge.

The Mudra is one of the least common of all yoga mudras, most likely because it is a little strange.

The Mudra also goes by the name “Tongue Swallowing” because it requires the practitioner to turns their tongue upwards, inside their mouse, moving it into the nasal cavity. The reason for doing this is to access the sensitive organs in the roof of the mouth.


The Khechari mudra is a yoga mudra which is practiced by placing the tongue above the soft palate and up inside the cavity of the nose. The mudra has various names. It is also called the Khecari mudra, Kecharimudra, and in Sanskrit this translates to “Seal.”

It is important that the tongue be placed in position without it becoming stiff and without the practitioner feeling any sort of tension (as with most mudras). Therefore, it is imperative that the practitioner only position the tongue as far back as it will go without any sort of stiffening or tightening of the tongue.

The importance of the khechari mudra is as a part of the spiritual awakening process leading to enlightenment.

The Khechari mudra is described in the Pali canon. In the Pali canon the Buddha describes the Khechari mudra as the pressing of the tongue against the palate and it is said that this mudra helps to control hunger.

The Kecarividya, one of the hathayoga texts, states that the khechari mudra provides the practitioner with access to the amrita which is stored inside the head. This helps to flow amarita into the body.

The Mālinīvijayottaratantra, a tantric Saiva, states that if the practitioner begins to experience a taste like iron then they must spit it out. Eventually the liquid will become sweet, at which point it should be swallowed.

Many yoga texts state that the khechari mudra position and technique helps with the flow of prana around the body.

Khechari Mudra Position and Benefits

On the next page we will look at how to do the specific position and the benefits of practice.

The Khechari mudra is one of the most important mudras for increasing the flow of prana around the body and should be used regularly by yoga practitioners. Here are the specific positions for the mudra and the benefits of practice. . .

All right. Get your tongue warmed up. Here’s how you do the khechari mudra. 

  1.  Roll the tongue, pointing it backwards inside the mouth such that the tip of your tongue touches the uvula (at the very back of the mouth).
  2. The nasal cavity is above the soft palate. Roll your tongue so that it enters this area.
  3. Inhale while snorting at the back of the throat. Breathe out.
  4.  As you gently release the mudra swallow saliva.

You may find it difficult to reach the specific areas of the mouth described in the instructions above. However, through routine practice you will gain more flexibility and be able to complete the Khechari Mudra.


Believe it or not, the khechari mudra offers these amazing health benfits. 

  1.  The mudra creates a pleasant glow on the face which is attractive.
  2. The mudra reduces abdomen fat.
  3. It creates energy
  4. It releases the mind from ego, anger, hatred and desire.
  5. It improves the tone quality of the practitioner’s voice.


Practice the mudra in the early morning. Be sure to speak with a healthcare professional before beginning use of this mudra.


Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discovery their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.

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