In Sanskrit, Apana means "descending energy" or "outward breath," Vayu means "wind" and Mudra means “gesture.” This practice is also known as the purification practice and is often referred to as the cleansing Hasta Mudra or the energy Hasta Mudra. This practice energizes the pelvic region as well as the lower abdominal region, while also being a heart healthy practice to preform.
Precautions with Apana Vayu Mudra
- Vata and Kapha Dosha should practice this Mudra should be practiced in moderation.
Benefits of Apana Vayu Mudra
- Stimulates the Apana Vayu.
- Generates Prana in the gallbladder and Liver.
- Improves digestion.
- Detoxifies and purifies the body.
- Balances the Space and Earth elements.
- Increases Vata and Kapha Doshas, while decreasing the Pita Dosha.
- Helps to prevent a heart attack and recurrences.
- Reduces heart palpitations.
- Relives heartache, grief, anxiety and the feeling of panic.
Other names the Mudra is referred to as
- Apana Mudra
- Hriyaya Mudra
- Mritsanjeevani Mudra