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