Yoga, as we all know, helps us to be aligned with the universe, gain spiritual growth, and maintain a healthy mind-body connection. One simple yoga pose is the Yoni Mudra. This is a meditative mudra, performed by holding a certain hand and body posture, to achieve the calmness of the mind. For a woman, this kind of yoga posture is extremely helpful in dealing with everyday stress.
Meaning of Yoni Mudra:
The word, “Yoni”, means womb, while “mudra” refers to a hand posture. As it happens in most yoga postures, Yoni Mudra, too, has great emphasis on the hand movement. It is said that this yoga position helps to achieve the same tranquillity of mind that an unborn child feels when it is inside the womb. And, as you may have already guessed, some practitioners also believe that this mudra helps to improve fertility and also health for a woman. It is also a representative of Shakti, the feminine power.
Benefits of Yoni Mudra:
Yoni Mudra helps to calm the mind by silencing the constant worrisome chatter in your head. It is the withdrawal of the senses that allows you to detach yourself from the world and grab that much-needed pause. During these moments of silence, you can gain clarity and harmony of thoughts. It is a great way to get rid of distractions.
Apart from soothing your restlessness by taking you to a meditative state, there are physical advantages of this yoga posture. Since pranic energy is believed to exist in the hands, this position is said to seal energy and stimulate the nerves. Interestingly, it is also believed that Yoni Mudra can destroy sins.
Another reason for practising this mudra is to reach higher levels of consciousness. It is used in Kundalini yoga to unleash kundalini, the bundle of energy at the base of the spine. On the other hand, it is used in Nada yoga to concentrate on inner sounds that one can hear with the ears closed, to become aware of subtle sounds.
Steps of Yoni Mudra:
The Yoni Mudra needs to be performed when you sit in a cross-legged posture of Padmasana on the floor or on a firm chair. Hold your body straight and erect, and close your eyes. Bring the palms of your hands together in the Namaste posture, and point the thumbs up. Now, open your palms apart, while the tips of the fingers of the two hands are still together.
Next, while the tips of the index fingers and the thumbs are still joined, just fold the little fingers, ring fingers, and middle fingers inwards, so that the backs of the fingers from one hand touch those of the other hand. Meanwhile, the two index fingers and the two thumbs form a closed ring. Now, press the pointed thumbs on your navel. While you hold this position, breathe slowly and deeply. There are variations of this mudra, as well, like the Sarva Yoni Mudra, Shanmukhi Mudra.
You need to practice this for 20-30 minutes every morning. A word of caution though - if you are suffering from a psychological disorder, like depression - you should avoid practising this. If not, and if you’re looking for a way to calm your mind, then find yourself a quiet place in the house to practice this and enjoy some self-reflection. It can prove to be a great method for attaining some much-needed self-love.