Our body is made up of mainly five elements (Panch Tatva). Vayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Akasha (Aether), Bhumi (Earth) and Jala (Water); With these elements, the body balance. These all are associated with a healthy lifestyle. The term mudra applies to the use of hand gestures during meditation and Pranayama. First of all, by practicing Vayu Mudra, the balance of air (panchtatva) in the body. Vayu mudra brings calmness to the body.
The name Vayu Mudra comes from the Sanskrit, there Vayu, meaning “air,” and mudra, meaning “gesture.” Mudra is a yogic hand gesture that guides the energy flow to specific areas of the brain.
Why Vayu (Air) Is Important?
According to Ayurveda, eighty-four types of air inside every human body. Vayu increases the versatility of the mind. And it is a very essential element for purification of blood. Air imbalance in one of the major concerns in the human body. It is believed that until the pure air is received by the body, our body remains sick. That’s why Vayu-mudra is practiced to keep the mind focused. this mudra takes care of the air element in the human body. It will regulate and reducing the movement of air inside the human body which will make the body healthy.
In general, by repeatedly doing this pose for some time, the severity of the problem related to air disorders is removed. In fact, long-term practice will produce the best results for living a happy or healthy life.
Let’s look down the benefits of Vayu Mudra and how to do it.
Steps to do Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air)
Vayu Mudra is associated with a happy and healthy life. it is a yogic hand gesture that is one of the easiest mudras to perform. The index finger is the symbol of the air element that takes care of the air element in the body. It can be done anytime and anywhere. There are some simple steps which will explain how to do this Vayu Hasta Mudra:
First of all, sit in any comfortable seating posture and place the hands with palm pointing upwards on the thighs or the knees. Meditation postures like Padmasana, Siddhasana, Swastikasana, Vajrasana, etc. are ideal for the practice of mudras. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths with the awareness of the breathing process. Now fold your index finger and press it with your thumb. You may feel some pain. But that does not last long. The rest of the three fingers should be kept extended as much as possible. In addition, it should be done with both hands simultaneously. Perform this pose for 35 minutes at a stretch every day or for 10 to 12 minutes three times a day.
It is not necessary for doing this at an empty stomach. You may also practice this mudra with a full stomach. Vayu mudra also practices in a standing, sitting or lying down posture.
Benefits Of Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air)
This particular Mudra reduces, regulate and balance the air element within your body. Heals against any air imbalance diseases also. Regular practicing of Vayu mudra is recommended to calm a stressed nervous system and soothe the mind. It is believed to soothe the pain associated with rheumatism, sciatica or gout, Tremors, and Vertigo. It is thought to reduce Parkinson’s disease. Vayu mudra is also helpful for pain management. It relaxes the muscles as well as overcharged endocrine glands. When practiced regularly, it will increase memory power and sharpens the brain. It will relieve psychological disorders like Hysteria, anger, and depression.
A specialty of Vayu Mudra Yoga
It is recommended that the fire element resides in the thumb and the air element in the index finger. In this way, the air element is suppressed by the fire of the thumb in this mudra. Vayu mudra is associated with the Ayurvedic Vata dosha. Hence, Vayu mudra can be helpful for those who suffer from aggravated Vata dosha.
It can be practice in standing, sitting, or lying down on a bed whenever. You can chant a mantra or switch words silently. No particular time duration for this mudra. Of course, All mudra is very effective when you do the mudras between 4-6 AM. To an excellent, the best, and efficient results, make sure you practice regularly for two months.
However, all mudras are beneficial to us without any side-effects. But no pressure should be applied on the finger. Pressure means, your mind is restless and not stable. As a result, nothing at all. Perform this mudra freely.