The Shambhavi mudra is one of the best ways how to activate your third eye.
Every year, thousands of spiritually minded and cultural individuals travel to India. They go in search of wisdom and to learn the rich spiritualities that permeate the very fabric of the country. While there, they take the opportunity to learn Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga from spiritual gurus. One of the main subjects that aren’t learnt is mudras. And one of the most important mudras is the Shmbhavi mudra, the “Eyebrow Gazing Gesture”. Here’s a snapshot of this most important mudra.
The Shambhavi Mudra is also called the “Eyebrow Gazing Mudra”. It’s a mudra used to activate your third eye. Your third can get blocked for many reasons, but using this mudra will solve the problem.
In this article I’ll teach what the Shambhavi mudra is. I’ll show you the steps of the Shambhavi mudra so you know how to practice it. And I’ll show you the benefits of the Shambhavi mudra technique. You can also download this Shambhavi Mudra Guide in a PDF at the bottom of the page.
What is the Shambhavi Mudra / Shambhavi Mahamudra?
Mudras and Kriyas are an important part of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Yoga. (If you would like to learn more about this you can take a look at my guide to Buddhist, Hindu and Yoga mudras.)
In yoga, mudras and kriyas are used to move energy around the body. One such way of doing so is called the Shambhavi mudra (which is also called the Bhairavi mudra and the Eyebrow Gazing mudra).
So just what is the Shambhavi Mudra / kriya?
The mudra procedure is a gentle internal technique that uses specific eye focussing. Through this simple process, yogis believe that they stimulate the Third Eye, an invisible eye that allows for vision beyond the senses.
The Shambhavi mudra procedure originates from several ancient sacred texts: “Vijnana Bhairava Tantra“, “Hathapradipika”, and “Samhita.” The three texts describe the mudra in similar ways and suggest that using this mudra will create heightened level of insight.
The tantric scripture Sochanda Tantra, stanza 13, reads:
‘Touching eyeballs as a feather, lightness between them opens into the heart and there permeates the cosmos.’
It’s definitely true that the mudra looks a little strange…
Scientific research has made it clear that there of many benefits of the ]Mudra.
Shambhavi Mudra Benefits:
Here is a quick look at the benefits of practicing the Shambhavi Mudra.
The main benefit of the shambhavi mudra is to provide great insight and clarity to the practitioner.
Practicing the Shambhavi mudra stimulates the third eye
Improvement in interpersonal communication skills
Integration of the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Increase in theta and delta brainwaves (leading to relaxation).
The Shambhavi Mudra Instructions. Follow these steps carefully the first time you try the technique.
- 1. Sit comfortably with good posture and place your hands on your knees. Briefly shut your eyes then reopen them and focus your gaze on a fixed spot. Next, look up high but without moving your head.
2. Focus your gaze on the spot in the middle of your eyebrows and concentrate on this area. Meditate on it. Let go of thoughts, as you would in regular meditation. You should be see your eyebrows as a V shape, with your gaze fixed in the middle of the V.
3. While maintaining this focus, chant OM. Meditate on the sound of OM reverberating around the spot you are gazing at.
4. Do not strain your eyes. They should be relaxed at all times.
5. Continue for five minutes.
- 6. Close your eyes but keep your gaze on that same spot in the middle of the eyebrows.
7. Chant OM slowly while meditating on the sound.
8. Begin to make each individual OM last longer. You should be breathing deep through your nose.
9. Continue for five minutes.
This technique, the Apan mudra, is the best way how to activate your third eye. I recommend adding it to your spiritual practice.