Apana Mudra in Seated Meditation Pose for Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Apana Mudra - Downward-Flowing Energy Seal

Apāna Mudra (Ah-paa-na) - Downward-Flowing Energy Seal

Apana mudra is particularly beneficial for managing the body's elimination processes and promoting physical and energetic release, making it a valuable tool in a holistic yoga practice.

Apana Mudra Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Instructions

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine.
  2. Bring the tips of your thumb, middle finger, and ring finger together.
  3. Extend your other fingers gently.
  4. Rest your hands on your knees or thighs with palms facing upwards.
  5. Keep your shoulders relaxed and breathe naturally.

Benefits

  • Helps in detoxification and purification of the body.
  • Aids in relieving constipation and promotes healthy digestion.
  • Balances menstrual issues and supports reproductive health.
  • Reduces bloating and gastric problems.
  • Encourages a sense of grounding and stability.

When to Practice

  • During meditation for grounding and centering.
  • After meals to aid in digestion.
  • When experiencing digestive or menstrual discomfort.
  • Regularly for maintaining a healthy elimination system.

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Best Time of Day: After meals

Contraindications

If you experience hypotension (low blood pressure) you should monitor the effects on your body. Avoid or carefully monitor if pregnant.

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Apana Mudra in Seated Meditation Pose for Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Personal Insights

Apana mudra is one of the mudras of vayu (air) and it's designated as the downward flowing vayu.

For me, I rarely need to feel this downward air element however I have enjoyed its grounding energetic experience.

A note, it's possible the character Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender was named after this downward flowing air. Appa is a flying bison that lives in harmony with the airbenders of the southern air temple.

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