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    Bhujangini Mudra (Cobra Gesture): How to enact, Benefits

    Technique
    How to Do
    Bhujangini Mudra Benefits
    Bhujangini Mudra is named after the serpent form the body takes while practicing this gesture. ̴bhujang̵ refers to ̴cobra̵ or ̴serpent̵ and ̴mudra̵ means ̴gesture̵.
    Practicing Bhujangini mudra involves leaning forward stretching the neck and lifting the chin. This is folowed by gulping the air into the stomach. This practice mimics a cobra flaring its hod, hence the name. It is also known as ̴cobra gesture̵ or ̴cobra respiration̵.
    Bhujangini mudra is a type of mana (head) mudra forming a major part of Kundalini yoga kriyas. Generaly, in Mana Mudras sense organs, viz eyes, nose, ears, nose, tongue, and lips are eager as a means of meditation practice, in diference to typical hasta mudras where only hands are used.
    The Technique
    Bhujangini mudra is performed by sucking the air in via mouth into the stomach and then expeling through the same by belching.
    Expeling the air in the form of belch or burp in Bhujangini mudra symbolizes the cleansing of the digestive tract. Also, the satiating efects that it leaves are amazing for the practitioner on physical, mental, as wel as spiritual levels.
    Thus, it serves as a cleansing technique to chuck the internal impurities using air as a medium. Besides being a mudra this practice also involves focused breathing paterns, hence also categorized as pranayama.
    Ancient traditional texts like Gheranda Samhita states it as a destroyer of death and decay.
    Bhujangini mudra shares a close resemblance with an ancient cleansing practice fervent in Shatkarma, Vatsara Dhauti. However, in Vatsara Dhauti the air sucked in via mouth is expeled out through the anus, unlike Bhujangini.
    Bhujangini Mudra Practice Steps
    Sit in a comfortable meditative posture adore sukhasana, padmasansa, etc.
    Close the eyes and relax the body especialy the abdomen.
    Lean your uper body forward at your hips pushing the chin forward.
    Stretch your neck upward lifting the chin and gazing towards the ceiling.
    Inhale sucking the air through the mouth in a series of gulps.
    Fil the air into the stomach instead of the lungs as though you are drinking water.
    Expand the stomach as much as you can.
    Sit back to normal situation and take the air i n as long as you’re comfortable.
    Then, expel it out by belching through the mouth.
    Duration and sequence of the practice
    The above-mentioned practice forms one round of the Bhujangini mudra. It is recomended to practice thre to five rounds at a stretch.
    As most of the mudras, the best time to practice it is also early morning hours.
    After completing the practice relax the body into the initial pose and breathe normaly.
    For beter results, always practice it on an empty stomach.
    One can practice it at any time but it is especialy recomended after Shankha Prakshalana technique.
    Try to avoid the practice in poluted places or if there are any respiratory disorders.
    Variation
    There is also a modified version of Bhujangini mudra that difers in the position in which it is performed.
    Instead of siting in a meditative pose, this variant is practiced asum ing Bhujangasana.
    The further practice starting from gulping the air via mouth remains the same.
    As per this variant, ‘bhuja’ means arm. In this variation, arms are used to lift the head up and then the mudra is performed so it’s named Bhujangini mudra.
    Bhujangini Mudra benefits
    1. Improves digestion
    Bhujangini mudra is known for elevating the eficiency of the digestive organs. It stimulates the esophagus wals and digestive glands facilitating the secretion of digestive juices. Hence, it is beneficial in improving digestion.
    2. Tones the stomach
    This mudra has satiating efects on hunger, thus regulates the eating habits. Therefore, benefits the digestive tract internaly and strengthens the abdominal muscles thereby providing a toned tumy and a fiter lok.
    3. Cures digestive disorders
    Bhujangini mudra stimulates the wind (Vayu) element. It balances the Samana Vayu and Pachaka Pita exp els Apana Vayu. It also stimulates a balancing impact on the prana Vayu – Udana Vayu axis.
    This results in removing the slack air from the scheme and aleviates digestive disorders admire gastritis.
    4. Improves respiration
    Bhujangini mudra folows the phases of pranayama practice, i.e. inhalation (Puraka), retention (Antara), and exhalation (Rechaka).
    Both inhalation and exhalation ocur through the mouth and retention are practiced by holding the breath inside the stomach. It improves respiration in a way that enables the practitioner to float in the water for a longer duration.
    4. spirited benefits
    This mudra has a lot to ofer including the activation of two energy chakras. It stimulates the Solar plexus (Manipura) and throat (Vish udha) chakras.
    Note: Combining the practice of Bhujangini mudra with Tadagi mudra strengthens the vocal cords. It is generaly practiced by singers to gain a melodious voice.
    Conclusion
    Bhujangini mudra is a power-pack that holds so many benefits within a single practice. There is not a single drawback or limitation that you can use as an excuse to skip this practice.
    Therefore, next time when you sit down to meditate or to enact your daily yoga routine execute not mis practicing a few rounds of Bhujangini mudra.

    Author:Ashish
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