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Yoga Mudrasana: Benefits of the posture

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Yoga Mudrasana or Psychic Union Pose is a seated forward bending yoga posture that belongs to the group of Lotus postures. Practicing Yoga Mudrasana benefits the arms, shoulders, upper back and core (abs) muscles.

Yoga Mudrasana Meaning: The origins of the term

Mudra in Sanskrit means 'seal' and Asana means 'posture'. Mudrasana is a symbolic connotation that represents the ‘seal of awareness’ and hence it is often called Yoga Seal Pose. It is believed that this yogasana stimulates that psychic energy points and channelizes the flow of psychic energies into the body and hence the name 'Psychic Union Pose'.

Yoga Mudrasana is an anti-ageing asana practiced by those who wish to retain their youthfulness and limberness into their advanced age. This asana also provides spiritual awareness by focusing on the Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipur Chakra and awakens kundalini.

How to perform Yoga Mudrasana (Psychic Union Pose)?

Yoga Mudrasana steps include preparatory poses, step by step procedures, follow-up poses, and advanced pose considerations. Some of the preparatory poses to practice before Mudrasana are -

1.Dandasana - Dandasana is a simple seated posture with the legs straight in front of the body and the spine upright and long
2.Sukhasana - The pose is performed by sitting on the floor and folding the left leg until it is touching the right thigh.
3.Ustrasana - Ustrasana is a backbend that boosts shoulder flexibility, increases core strength and stretches the entire front of the body.
4.Padmasana - Padmasana is the Sanskrit name for a renowned yoga asana otherwise known as Lotus Pose.
5.Matsyasana - Matsyasana is a reclining back-bending asana. To enter the pose, the yogi lies flat on the back then lifts the pelvis so the hands can slide under the buttocks.
6.Siddhasana - Siddhasana or the 'Perfect Pose' is one of the most common poses for meditation which is used in hatha yoga and also in other yoga forms. This asana is a seated yoga posture that is traditionally used for a long period of meditation and breathing exercise.
7.Bhujangasana - It is a gentle backbend, most commonly performed as part of a Sun Salutation, in which it can be used as a less strenuous alternative to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog).

Let's have a look at how to perform yoga Mudrasana steps

  1. Sit in Padmasana, the lotus pose.
  2. Close your eyes and breathe normally.
  3. Bring the hands behind the back and hold the left wrist with the right hand.
  4. Slowly bend forward and try to touch the floor in front of you with the forehead or the nose.
  5. There is another advanced variation of Yoga Mudrasana. In this variation, the hands are crossed over behind the back and you need to grab the right foot with your right hand and the left foot with the left hand.
  6. While bending forward, exhale. If you cannot touch the floor, go as far as it is comfortable.
  7. Once you are in the final position, relax the whole body, especially the back and the shoulders.
  8. Breathe deeply and steadily. Maintain the position for a few minutes.
  9. Slowly return to the starting position. Inhale while returning to the starting pose.
  10. You can either try to maintain the final position for quite some time or repeat the process a few more times.

Some of the follow-up poses are -

Anulom Vilom - Anulom Vilom Pranayam, also called Alternate Nostril Breathing or Nadi Shodhana Pranayam. It is an ancient practice that is known for its ability to promote a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. It helps to develop better focus, self-control, patience, improves respiratory and cardiovascular health and overall sense of well-being.
Uttanasana - Uttanasana is a standing forward fold, which is considered very good for relieving stress and soothing the nervous system. Uttanasana is considered an important posture because, in addition to the physical stretching and strengthening benefits, it is believed to be balancing for the body.
Kapal Bhati Pranayama - Kapalabhati purifies the frontal air sinuses; helps to overcome cough disorders. It also rejuvenates the whole body and keeps the face young and vibrant. Kapal Bhati Pranayama helps in balancing and strengthening the nervous system and tones up the digestive system.
Balasana - Balasana is referred to as the child's pose in English. Balasana has lots of spiritual benefits. It encourages introspection and contemplation, practices mindfulness, stimulates the third eye chakra, and aligns breath and organs with spiritual energies.
Vajrasana - Vajrasana is the Sanskrit name for a seated yoga asana. This posture provides a deep stretch for the quadriceps and is believed to improve digestion. Vajrasana is used as a transitional or resting pose between other asanas and Mudrasana, and it is often used as a posture for meditation.
Dhanurasana - Dhanurasana is a backbend that deeply opens the chest and the front of the body. This yoga posture is one of the three main back stretching exercises and encourages a powerful stretch along the front of the body and a deep opening at the heart centre, helping you cultivate an attitude of fearlessness and grace.

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Yoga Mudrasana: What are the benefits?

  1. Yoga Mudrasana is very beneficial for the abdominal organs. Practicing this asana helps in getting rid of constipation, heals gastric conditions. and improves the digestion system.
  2. While doing this yoga, you need to tilt the head down, which brings fresh blood to the head. This blood helps calm the brain and relieves stress, anxiety, and mild depression.
  3. Mudrasana makes the spine, back, arms shoulder and hips more flexible.
  4. It stimulates the Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipur Chakra and provokes a spiritual awareness.
  5. It also helps in increasing mental concentration and elevates the overall balance of the body.
  6. It prevents sagging of the uterus and postnatal laxities.
  7. Practicing yoga Mudrasana regularly helps in curing and managing asthma.

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