Apan / Apana / Apaan / Apaana Hast / Hasta Mudra अपान हस्त मुद्रा – An Acidic to Alkaline Changing cum Body Purifying Mudra (अपान मुद्रा ऐंवम प्राण मुद्रा – सँग कपालभाति + मण्डूकासन अभ्यास -diabeties को जड़ से ठीक करने में सहायक)

समान वायु छेत्र में प्राणवायु ऐंवम अपानवायु के मिलन से योग की स्थिति उत्पन्न होना माना गया है! मूल आधार चक्र के देवता – भगवान गणेश जी की ऋद्धि सिद्धि दो पत्नियां – प्राणवायु एवं अपानवायु की ही प्रतीक कही गई हैं!


Note: The defects of Prana, Apan, Saman, Udan and Vyan Vayu can be refined with Apana Mudra and defects of Apan Vayu could be refined with Gyan & Surya Mudra practice. Similarly, Chinmay mudra can refine the defects of Saman Vayu!


Note: Apan mudra is useful for curing Constipation, Diabetese, Piles if practiced in Apan – Pran mudras sequence and Sneezing if practiced in Aditi – Apan – Kushti Mudras Sequence !
Related with Roota & Hara Chakra & Solar Plexus Chakras, Apan Mudra – All Mental & Physical Polluants such as an Old Unwanted Thought or say an irritable phlegm deposited in chest and or throat, also get expectorated naturally – hence a Detoxifying Mudra .Apan Mudra improves health of the small and large intestine and related organs of elimination since it promotes smooth downward flowing force in the reproductive and digestive organs of the body to flush out body toxins by  eelimination of wastes such as faeces, gas and urine, ejaculation of sperm, menstrual cycle, expulsion of foetus during birth since  by bringing equanimity between upper and lower organs of the body and also useful for Elimination of the All kinds of Unwanted Waste Material & Unwanted Thoughts out of ANY PART of our BODY. It is also beneficial for the patient suffering from constipation. It also helps to reduce the problem in obstruction of urine due to any obstruction either stone or any other thing.
Therefore this is easy to understand that any kind of disturbances in Apana Vayu can cause constipation, diarrhoea, piles, etc.
The Apana mudra is good for mental or physical digestion and for eliminating waste material from the body. This gesture may also be a form of aiding in mental and emotional digestion when applied to “evil” outside of the body.
Apan mudra Specialty: The middle and ring fingers relate directly to the meridians connected with the heart. The thumb closes the circuit. Apana mudra helps in body detox and digestion by stimulating the excretion system to flush out toxins off the body. This mudra body wastes (toxins) can be divided in three categories: • Gaseous like carbon dioxide- to be removed through lungs by breathing out. • Liquid like urine and sweat- to be excreted through kidney (urination) and skin (sweating) • Solid like stool- to be eliminated through colon by bowel movements. Benefits of Apana Mudra:- • Body detox and Digestion– As already discussed, it helps in body detox and digestion. It relieves indigestion, gastritis, removes Free Radicals from the Body. constipation and hemorrhoids (piles). • Healthy, glowing skin– Your skin is the reflection of your gut health. Almost all the skin problems- – acne, pimples, blemishes, eczema, psoriasis- are related to your inner body metabolism in one way or the other. If you are digesting the food properly and excreting the body waste (toxins) smoothly, you would automatically improve your skin health also. Panchkarma, an Ayurveda body detox process brings very good results in relieving symptoms of even the most complex skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. Regular practice of apana mudra can speed up the elimination process to help you get a clear, glowing skin. • Regulates diabetes– By increasing urination, apana mudra can help reduce the blood sugar level to regulate diabetes. • Increases the energy level– If you don’t have a smooth bowel movement in the morning, you feel sluggish and low in energy throughout the whole day. On the contrary, smooth bowel movements lift your mood and make you feel energetic. By detoxifying your body, apana mudra makes you feel light, energetic and cheerful. • Clears sinus infection • Relieves menstruation symptoms. According to acupressure treatment, the center points of it which give pressure cure all the disorders of the pharynx (उदर में भोजन) and urine and stomach. Precautionary measures • As apana mudra generates a strong downward pulling force in the body, it should not be performed by pregnant women during the initial 8 months of the pregnancy as it can cause miscarriage. May do after 8th month or start of 9th months of pregnancy for possiblity of a normal delivery. Main motive of Apana Mudra is to regulate Apana Vayu and hence clear all imbalances and disturbances. In this mudra, the middle finger represents the outward moving energy, and the ring finger represents the downward moving energy. When these fingers combine with the fire element in the thumb, there would be channelization of the energies in the right direction. Research 2 done in the past have proven the therapeutic benefits of Apana mudra in curing Diabetes. Especially for type 2 diabetes patients, it promotes deep relaxation and eliminates stress. People suffering from regular stomach pain, gas, constipation can relieve by practicing this mudra. As these all problems arise due to undigested food particles, Apana mudra regulates these undigested food particles in the downward direction (to the organ of elimination). Hence, it cures all stomach related problems. This mudra also opens the blocked sweat glands to remove impurities from the pores of the body. It also regulates the blockages in urination & excretion of feces. This functioning is the reason Apana mudra also called the purification mudra.

उपयोग: अपान मुद्रा नाभि से पैरों के तलवों तक के निचले शारीरिक हिस्सों का डिटॉक्सिफिकेशन व विसर्जन कार्य नियमित हो, पाचन तंत्र को मजबूत मिलती है। पेट के निचले भाग को प्रभावित करने वाले- आंतों, गुर्दे, मूत्र-मार्ग, मधुमेह, पाइल्स, टांगों, नस नाड़ी, यूटरस, पीरियड्स आदि सम्बंधित सभी रोग पृथ्वी, आकाश और अग्नि तत्वों ऐंवम फलतः मूलाधार तथा स्वाधिस्ठान चक्रों के असंतुलन का परिणाम होते हैं। इन समस्याओं के समाधान में अपान मुद्रा अत्यंत उपयोगी होती है। अपान मुद्रा अभ्यास से मूलतः मूलाधार और स्वाधिष्ठान चक्र संतुलित हो, शरीर एसिडिक से अल्कलाइन हो pH value7 के लगभग सामान्य बन- रक्त शुद्धि हो – प्राण वायु शुद्ध व मजबूत बन- पेट ऐंवम थाई समेत शरीर के निचले भाग के सभी अंग सक्रिय हो स्वस्थ बने रहते हैं। मनोशारीरिक टॉक्सिन्स की सफ़ाई से पेट के निम्न समस्त रोग – पाइल्स – यूरिनरी ट्रैक ऐंवम स्किन इंफेक्शन, digestion, वजन नियंत्रण, किडनी, लिवर, स्वाश, गैस, एसिडिटी, कब्ज, दंत रोग, शरीर की नलिनाड़ियाँ का शुद्धिकरण, मल दोष विसर्जिन, यूरिन संबंधी दोष, शुगर, दोष ठीक हो शरीर निर्मल बनता है! जिन लोगों को सांस फूलने की समस्या है उन्हें इस मुद्रा से लाभ मिलेगा। यह शरीर के विषैले तत्व भी बाहर निकालने में मदद करती है। यह चढ़ते वक्त भी यह मुद्रा बनाई जा सकती है।

इस मुद्रा से – त्वचा के रोम खुलने से पसीने सँग टॉक्सिन्स बाहर निकल – स्किन टोन साफ़ होने लगती है। पसीना कम आने पर – टॉक्सीकृत अवशेष – मलमूत्रादि सँग बाहर निकल कर भी – स्किन टोन क्लियर हो ग्लो आता है पृथ्वी तत्त्व के संतुलन से पित्त समाप्त हो – itiching जलन, फीवर भी ठीक होते हैं! टॉक्सीकृत vaist शरीर से बाहर होने से – space खाली होने से, पृथ्वी तत्त्व को अधिक space मिलने लगता है, जिससे – सभी शारीरिक अंग पुष्टि होती है, क्योंकि, पृथ्वी सभी अंगों का कारक तत्त्व होता है! मिड्ल फिंगर यानि आकाश तत्व से टॉक्सीकृत vaist की, शरीर के ऊपर के अंगों के माध्यम से शरीर से बाहर निकलने में सहायता मिलती है तो अनामिका उंगली यानि पृथ्वी तत्त्व से मलमूत्र के माध्यम से बाहर निकलने में सहायता मिलती है! नोट: आकाश व पृथ्वी तत्वों के गुणों के मुताबिक – इस मुद्रा से – उन सभी गुणों का लाभ मिलता है – जैसे – आकाश तत्व से – ह्र्दय, ब्लड प्रेशर, कैल्शियम फॉस्फोरस प्राप्ति, टॉक्सिन्स बाहर निकलना, पृथ्वी तत्व से – पोषण, न्यूट्रिशन, स्किन गली, विटामिन पूर्ति, ममता मई प्रकृति आदि आदि।

APAN HASTA MUDRA – which balances VATTA Disorder is associated with ROOT CHAKRA is beneficial in all the diseases that occur below the belt i.e. on all the organs which are located below the navel actually. Urination and stool related problems, constipation, piles, menstrual flow irregularities etc are healed by this mudra. It is also beneficial for diabetic people. Apan Mudra is undoubtedly a wonderful remedy for the liver and gall bladder by helping to purify the body as it helps to remove waste materials, specially toxins, harmful chemicals from the body and prevents diseases and illness and cures urinary problems. It is a fact that whenever we food we eat, some part of it remains undigested and this causes toxins formation. Thus it becomes very important to detoxify our body and the Apna Mudra helps with this. It also has a balancing effect on the mind, bestows self confidence, patience, serenity and inner harmony which is the quality of a well functioning liver!

Apaan Mudra: Joining the tip of thumb with tips of middle and ring fingers keeping the other fingers straight forms Apana Mudra. Keep your hands on the knees. Do this for 20 to 30 minutes.The Apaan mudra is an extremely important and useful mudra that first detoxifies (and, therefore, purifies) the body and the energizes it.

Benefits : Digestion and excretion system will get activated so that you will throw away the difficulties related to stomach. Stomach pain will subside when you practise this mudra for 15 to 20 minutes. Even toothache can be cured by practicing this. Those who suffer from diabetes must practise this for 30 minutes followed by Prana Mudra for 10 minutes. If diabetics learn and practise Kapalabhathi Pranayama coupled with Mandukasana, the word ‘diabeties will NOT be found in the dictionary of yogasadhak. Piles / Fistula problem can be cured by practising this. With effect from the 9th month of Pregnancy, Pregnant mothers/sisters can practise this mudra for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening for having fair chances of a normal delivery 

Do Apan Mudra for 20 minutes after meals followed by Pran Mudra. May also do – Vayu& Prithvi mudra combo Just after meals for 10-20 minutes and then Apan plus Pran mudras for better digestion+energy.

Note: Apan mudra does toxins cleansing in starting and does nourishing n energizing then.


Additionally, if an irritable phlegm is by chance get deposited in chest and or throat, this can also be expectorated naturally by doing this mudra. Doing this mudra with deep breathing and chanting ॐ यं नमः ॐ रं नमः अथवा श्री राम जय राम जय जय राम beeja mantras, the deadly disease like cancer can also be eliminated by making use of Apan mudra and also as रं beeja mantra fire energy will burn the deadly cells and oxygen will be made avaialable with the purified Air by यं chanting. This also strengths human body parts and regulate the flow of urine in case of any disorders and one may enjoy white, shiny and healthy strong teeth. This mudra is like a boon for the females since, this mudra makes their Menstruation periods much more easier and also cures the cramps during this monthly cycle period, stomach cramps, legs and hand joints pain, burning sensation in eyes, legs, hand, heart and urinary parts, does strengthening of thighs and hips and entire body remains healthy with a regular long term practice!

Apana Mudra: The Gesture of Elimination
When the waste and toxins accumulate in the body, it creates an imbalance in our physical & mental state.
Apana Mudra is helps in eliminating the wastes, faces & toxins from the body and negative vrittis from the mind
For elimination in the body, earth and ether elements play an essential role. When there is an imbalance arises in these two elements, the body becomes heavy because of constriction in organs of elimination (anus and genital organ).
In Apana Mudra, you bring earth and ether element in contact with the element of fire (thumb). In yogic psychology, fire is considered the principal element that distorts imbalances present in other elements.
Hence, by practicing Apana mudra, elements associated with elimination in the body get balance.
Apana Vayu deals with excretion or removal bodily wastes as feces, gas, urination, sweating & bleeding during menstrual cycle also.

Science Behind the Mechanism of working of Apan Hasta Mudra:- Internal organs present between navel to the perineum are connected through subtle energy system nadis to the middle and ring fingers through subtle nerves n nadira.
The main motive of Apana Mudra is to regulate Apana Vayu where middle finger represents the outward moving energy, and the ring finger represents the downward moving energy.
In the therapeutic benefits of Apana mudra in curing type 2 diabetes patients, this mudra promotes deep relaxation and eliminates stress.
People suffering from regular stomach pain, gas, constipation can get relief by practicing this mudra. As these all problems arise due to undigested food particles, Apana mudra regulates these undigested food particles in the downward direction (to the organ of elimination). Hence, it cures all stomach related problem. Apana mudra strengthens leg joints because when hands are placed over the kneecap, it stimulates the nadis (energy channel) run from knees, up the inside of the thighs and into the perineum.This mudra opens the blocked sweat glands to remove impurities from pores of the body. It also regulates the blockages in urination & excretion of feces. This functioning is the reason Apana mudra also called the purification mudra. Apan mudra regulates apana vayu & apana vayu eases the flow of downward flowing air through the lower digestive system to the rectum & finally to the anus. Apana mudra is also beneficial for women during the menstrual cycle to get rid of cramps. This mudra can also be practiced in preventing heart diseases and balancing three doshas.

Spiritual Benefits: Apan mudra balances the energy of root chakra and thus, helps in awakening the kundalini energy that lies in the perineum.In Hindu rituals, Apana mudra is a way to show the naivedyam or offerings to the god. It’s called Apana oblation. It creates a direct link between Koshas (annamaya kosha, pranamaya kosha, and manomaya kosha). Direct link promotes balance between the physical body, pranic body, and the mental body.

How To? पृथ्वी तत्त्व की रिंग फिंगर्स ऐंवम आकाश तत्त्व की मिडल फिंगर्स को अग्नि तत्त्व के अँगूठों सँग मिला कर रखने से अपान हस्त मुद्रा बनती है!

Time Duration:- 16+ मिनट डेली/तीन बार तक

नोट: 1. बतलाते हैं की गर गर्भावस्था के नवें माह से इसका अभ्यास किया जाये तो नार्मल डिलीवरी की सम्भावनाएं बढ़ जाती हैं!

2. अपान मुद्रा अभ्यास से यूरिन की मात्रा अधिक हो जाती है!

4. Loose Motions होने पर, अपान हस्त मुद्रा का अभ्यास न करें, क्यों की यह मुद्रा सवेंम में से excretion में बढ़ोतरी करती है!

3. तत्पश्चात as a finishing mudra – प्राण हस्त मुद्रा प्रैक्टिस करना और भी लाभदायक होगा।

Another View of ApanVayu Mudra: (Kind courtesy Gramho.com:) Yoga is an ancient holistic way of being healthy with a combination of postures & breathing techniques. In that Mudras also play an important role. Our body is made up of Pancha mahabhuta (5 element).In Mudra’s it is represented by five fingers as: 1.Earth -Ring finger 2.Water-Little finger 3.Fire-Thumb 4.Air-Index finger 5.Space-Middle finger An incredible energy gets triggered by practicing Mudras in regular basis everyday. Apana Vayu Mudra helps in providing strength to your heart as well as regularize the palpations.It gives relief from the pain by improving blood circulation when under Cardiac Arrest. How to Practice: *Sit in Padmasana (Lotus Pose) or even in chair. *Now close your eyes and relax in this posture and listen to your breath. *And place your hands on the thighs. *Now stretch your palms outwards & fold your index finger by allowing it to touch the root of the thumb. *Also fold your middle, ring finger and thumb touching together. *Keep the little finger extended. Duration: You can practice it as many times as you can. In cardiac ailments or hypertension it can be practiced , 3times a day for 15 minutes/session. How it works? 1. Folding index finger(Vayu), reduces the air element. 2. Bringing together middle finger, ring finger and thumb that is space ,earth and fire respectively increases. 3. Reduction of Air element helps in give relief from pain in heart. 4. The increase in Space element helps in better oxygen supply to heart & it’s arteries. 5. Increase in Earth element will strengthen the heart muscles. 6. Increase in Fire element will remove the impurities from blood. So Apana Vayu Mudra can be used as a First Aid and also as an antidote in heart attacks.Thats why it is named as ‘Mrit Sanjeevani Mudra’. Another Important Explanation of Apana Mudra: (Kind Courtsy Tummee.com) Apaana Mudra (Mudra for Digestion) and sometimes also referred to as the Energy Mudra or Mudra for Purification is a hand gesture practice and as the name suggests, it regulates the apana vayu (downward flowing breath) which is one of the five vital air in the body. This downward flow of breath detoxifies the body, and hence is an important practice to keep the body free from unwanted energy and waste. The practice of Apaana Mudra (Mudra for Digestion) is done with the pressing of the tips of the thumb, ring finger and middle finger, stretching the other two fingers out. Each of these fingers represent an element, they are: the thumb is Agni (fire), the middle finger is Akasha (ether), and the ring finger is Prithvi (earth). The pressing of the tips of these fingers impacts the functioning of certain organs, and in Apaana Mudra it helps in better functioning of the digestive system (the stomach and intestines). Karana mudra – looks like bat ears! Mudra of the senses. Cleansing and purifying, benefits bladder, colon, large intestine. addedon. Bringing your middle and ring fingers to your thumbs. Extend your arms long and lengthen your spine. This is APANA MUDRA. This mudra empowers our life force energy. Now slowly close your eyes and bring your awareness to the breath. “[This mudra] enables you to eliminate stale air from your lungs and expel impurities in all forms, facilitating not only [the] release of urine, solid waste, sweat and menses, but emotional ‘baggage’, too,” making this mudra a suiting addition to your New Moon… Apaan Mudra – Energy Eliminates toxins; helps maintain a well functioning Liver Promotes: Patience, serenity, inner balance, harmony Yoga is a process of revelation – of removing obstacles. Peeling off layers of ego, fear, trauma, etc. Benefits/Rationale – This mudra supports the elimination of toxins and waste from the body, balances the emotions and function of the heart. Healing to the liver and gallbladder. Increases the ability to develop a vision of the practitioner! Apana: its expression is steadiness, and its associated energy center and elements are Muladhara and Earth. This mudra supports the elimination of toxins and waste from the body. Healing to the liver and gallbladder. Increases the ability to develop a vision of the future and move through challenges. Apaan Mudra Benefits: When Apaana Mudra is practiced along with Pawanmuktasana, (Wind Release Pose), Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose), Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose), Mandukasana (Frog Pose iii), etc., there is scope for additional benefits. But when Apaana Mudra is practiced independently, the benefits derived are explained below: Helps with better digestion when practiced everyday for about 15 mins at a stretch and done more than once a day. Since this is a downward flow of prana, there is scope for better excretion and removing of waste, normally and regularly. Helps in detoxification of the body, with getting rid of the free radicals (toxic waste) from the body. The practice of Apaana Mudra acts as an antioxidant to get rid of the free radicals in the body that can harm the cells, reducing the immune level of the body. With better and regular removal of waste in the body with the practice of Apaana Mudra, the body’s immune system is also improved. Hence a great practice to keep the immune system in control. The internal organs like the stomach and intestine are stimulated. There is scope for improved functioning of the liver, kidney, and gallbladder too, keeping the various glands in the body active and stimulated, too. Hence helps with those suffering from urinary incontinence to clear the passage for clear and full flow. Students suffering from diabetes too can benefit from the practice of Apaana Mudra as it keeps the pancreas stimulated helping in maintaining the insulin levels in the body. Women with issues related to their menstrual cycle will also benefit from the practice of Apaana Mudra, since it regulates the irregular cycle with the proper functioning of the apana vayu (downward flow) in the body. Of course this practice should be done everyday for about 30 mins at a stretch, and with the guidance of a yoga teacher. With proper functioning of the digestive system, issues related to constipation, acidity, piles, gas, etc., can be addressed. It energizes the body with the removal of waste, keeping the body free of toxins. With this it helps to keep the mind in balance and in harmony. Bring in self-confidence, improves creativity, and strength to face challenges in the day to day life. Learn more: Apaan Mudra Benefits Apaan Mudra Contraindications Apaan Mudra Contraindications: Given below are some of the precautions to keep in mind with the practice of Apaan Mudra: Women who are pregnant (irrespective of the stage) should avoid this practice since there will be outward energy flow. Those suffering from severe digestion problems, or problems related irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel syndrome, etc., should take the advice of their doctors and practice the same under the guidance of a yoga teacher.

As per Easyayurveda.com, Apan mudra – EASY AYURVEDA Type your search query and hit enter: Type Here Yoga Apana Mudra – Meaning, How To Do, Benefits, Dosha Effect By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S Apana = Apana Vata, a subtype of vata located in the lower portion of the body Mudra = gesture / seal / mark / pose Apana Mudra is a hasta mudra i.e. a hand gesture used to enable free flow of apana vata. It is used for improving the functions of the organs related to elimination / excretion, i.e. colon, urinary bladder etc. It is also called as purification or cleansing-energy gesture. Gheranda Samhita mentions apana mudra as ‘mudra of digestion’. Read – Mudra – The Science Of Gesture: Benefits, Types, How To Practice Apana Vayu is one of the five types of vayu. It is the second of the five pranas i.e. life forces. It is primarily responsible for elimination. It controls the organs situated between the navel and perineum. They include small intestines, colon, urinary system and reproductive system. Thus it is involved in proper elimination of feces, fart and urine. Its functions in a state of balance also involve easy ejaculation, menstruation and delivery of fetus at term. This gesture aims at balancing this vayu, to control the organs of lower abdomen and pelvis and the functions therein. This vayu has downward movement; its disturbances cause conditions like constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, menstrual irregularities, premature ejaculation, impotence etc. This gesture is a good remedy for these problems. Related Reading – Apana Vata Table of Contents Procedure of Apan Mudra Time and duration Benefits Cautions Relationship with the elements Relation with chakras Impact on doshas, tissues Procedure of Apan Mudra Sit in any comfortable position / posture. Keep your spine straight. You can also take any meditation pose like Sukhasana, i.e. easy pose, Padmasana i.e. lotus pose, Siddhasana i.e. accomplished pose, Swastikasana i.e. the auspicious pose or Vajrasana i.e. diamond pose. In the sitting position, place your hands on your thighs or knees. Let your palms face upwards. Close your eyes and take few deep relaxed breaths. Focus on your breathing and be aware of the process. You can also keep your eyes open. But keeping your eyes closed will help you to focus on the gesture completely. Bring your ring and middle finger together. Bend them over to touch your thumb. Keep the little and index fingers pointed straight. This needs to be done simultaneously in both hands. Remain in the same position for 15-30 minutes or as per your convenience. Visualize the energy flow in your body by diverting your consciousness towards it. Release Slowly open your eyes. Separate your fingers from their mutual contact. Bring back your hands on to your thighs or knee, the starting position. Relax and breathe easily. Related Video – Apana Mudra – for healthy heart Time and duration This gesture can be done at any time of the day. Early morning is preferable. It should be done for 30-45 minutes at a stretch. Alternatively it can be practiced for 10-15 minutes at a stretch for three times a day. It can either be practiced on empty stomach or 2 hours after having food. Doing it on empty stomach is beneficial. It can be practiced in standing position or sitting on a chair. It should be practiced for 6-8 weeks for better results. Read – Tips To Enhance Effect Of Mudra, 5 Mudra Groups, Rules Of Hasta Mudra Benefits Helps in maintenance of small and large intestinal health Relieves constipation Relieves urinary retention and problems related to voiding of urine Relieves indigestion and acidity Regulates menstrual cycles in women Good remedy for PME Strengthens pelvic organs Enables easy childbirth Relieves back pain Good for those suffering from breathing disorders Good for those suffering from heart ailments, relieves chest pain It helps in removing our physical wastes It helps in releasing emotions too Strengthens the immune system Detoxifies the body Balances space and earth elements in the body and regulates their functions, supports structures and tissues made of these elements Helps you feel grounded and process difficult emotions It generates energy in the liver and gallbladder, supports balance and harmony It increases the vata and kapha in the body, decreases pitta. Thus it enables balance of all three doshas in the body. People with vata and kapha constitution should practice this mudra in moderation. Controls diabetes when it is practiced for 50 minutes followed by prana mudra for 15 minutes, one should also perform pranayama for 30 minutes Good remedy for migraine in combination with Jnana mudra (each should be done for half hour) Enriches the skin, makes it glow, good for skin health Soothes toothache Strengthens the thighs and hips Read – How To Do Pranayama – A Simple Pranayama Technique Cautions Apan gesture generates strong downward pulling force. It should not be practiced by pregnant women during the initial 8 months of pregnancy. It can cause miscarriage. During the 9th month it helps smooth and easy childbirth. This shall not be practices when one suffers from diarrhea, dysentery, cholera and colitis. Read – 37 Ayurveda Home Remedies For Diarrhea And Dysentery It should not be practiced immediately after meals. It should be practiced at least 2 hours after meals. Relationship with the elements In Apana Vayu gesture we bring together the thumb, middle finger and ring finger together. Thumb represents the fire element. The middle finger represents space / ether element and the ring finger the earth element. This gesture has a balancing effect on these elements. This also gives wide array of therapeutic benefits. Relation with chakras Apana Mudra balances the Muladhara Chakra i.e. the root chakra and Swadishtana Chakra. The regions of both these energy centers are in the apana vayu zone. Cures burning sensation of hand, heart, leg and urine Regulates body temperature by timely elimination of sweat Read – Chakra – Kundalini: Introduction, Meaning, Types, Location, Ayurveda View Impact on doshas, tissues Apana balances all the doshas. Apana Mudra effectively controls apana vata and balances its functions related to excretion, menstruation, ejaculation and parturition. Its balance will also balance the other related vayus in the body. It has a balancing effect on pachaka pitta. It balances udana vata and avalambaka kapha and balances heart and lung functions. Coming to the tissues, this gesture imparts strength to the muscles and bones of back, thighs, hips and pelvis. It also strengthens the musculature of colon and uterus.