Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Shankh Mudra – Steps – Benefits – Time Duration

This Mudra resembles the shape of a Conch and hence is called the Shankh Mudra.
In ancient times it was believed that blowing the Conch could send sound waves far and wide, thereby removing ill effects of the bad elements. This Mudra is used during worship while chanting hymns and Mantras.

  • ·     Sit down in the Padma Asana or Lotus Pose. Keep your back straight and calm your breath.
  • ·     Close your eyes and visualize that you are sitting amidst a blue sea of calm water.
  • ·     Raise both your arms in front of your chest. Wrap all four fingers of your right hand around      your left thumb.
  • ·     Bring the tips of your right thumb and left middle finger together. The other fingers off your     left hand should be parallel to the middle finger.
  • ·     Your hands will form a shape like a conch shell, which is where the Shankh Mudra gets its          name from.
  • ·     Hold this Mudra in front off your sternum.
  • ·     Chanting Om (Aum) while practicing this Mudra further increases its benefits.

Effect: The thumb which represents the element fire is covered by the fingers hence fire is subdued. The union of left index finger and the thumb creates balance of wind.

  •          Feverish feeling in the body
  • ·        Burning in the body / body parts
  • ·        Allergic disorders especially skin rashes
  • ·        Voice larynx and throat pharynx problems
  • ·        Flabbiness
  • ·        Weakness, paralysis of muscles
  • ·        Helps in increasing height of children
  • ·        Kidney problems are cured.
  • ·        It also helps to calm and center the mind.
  • ·        It relieves stammering
  • ·        Shankh mudra reduces the pitta effect and increases the vatta and kapha humors in the body.

Duration: Practicing the Shankh Mudra for 45 minutes, or 15 minutes, three times every day is strongly recommended.

Precaution: People who have vatta and kapha dominant humour should perform this exercise a bit in moderation. It is because shankh mudra is known to increase both of these elements.

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