From the very ancient times, since the start of Yoga practice, Mudras have been a very significant part of Yoga. There are five main types of Mudras which further have many subtypes.
Ashwini Mudra comes in Adhara Mudra (Perineal Mudras) because it is performed in pelvic region and referred mostly for harnessing sexual energy. Other Mudras of Adhara are Maha Bheda, Maha Vedha and Vajroli.
This Mudra is called ‘Ashwini Mudra’ because it is basically a horse gesture and Ashwini means horse in Sanskrit.
It is a contraction practice of anal sphincter in a rhythmic way which horses are mostly adaptive of doing it.
This is a very easy and beneficial Mudra for people willing to strengthen their intestinal strength and improve sadhaka pitta to excel in intelligence and memory.
This Mudra is used for redirecting lower center pranas to brain and strengthening anal muscles which helps to cure problems like constipations, piles and prolapses.
- 1 How to Perform Ashwini Mudra
- 1.1 Benefits of Ashwini Mudra
- 1.2 How Ashwini Mudra works
How to Perform Ashwini Mudra
Performing Ashwini Mudra is extremely simple and can be done by beginners.
STEP 1: First step to perform Ashwini Mudra is to come to some asana. It can be any comfortable meditative asana for example, Siddhasana or Padmasana.
STEP 2: Now, close your eyes while keeping your both hands on your knee. And start inhaling and exhaling normally.
STEP 3: Once you get comfortable, contract your anal sphincter while inhaling the air and hold it for about 3-5 seconds.
STEP 4: Now, relax the sphincter while exhaling the inhaled air. The whole process looks like a horse excreting faeces.
STEP 5: Repeat the cycle of inhalation and exhalation with contracting the anal sphincter about 10-20 times.
STEP 6: Stop contacting and relaxing the sphincter and come to normal breathing.
STEP 7: Continue normal breathing for some seconds and then come to normal sitting position.
This is the first stage of performing Ashwini Mudra for beginners. With time, you can increase the time of holding breath as per your capacity. Do not hold and strain too much.
This version is recommended for pregnant women and can be done while resting on bed.
Once you are trained and comfortable with the first stage, you can try this more advanced and rapid version of Ashwini Mudra. In this stage, contractions are more rapid and precise.
STEP 1: Just like the beginner’s stage, sit in a suitable asana and start normal breathing for some seconds.
STEP 2: Inhale air about 1/3rd of the capacity of your lungs and start contacting and relaxing the anal sphincter rapidly.
STEP 3: There should be about 15 cycles of contraction and relaxation in one minute. Repeat this about 2 times.
In this whole process, feel the build-up of energy through your spine and exhale the negative energies with relaxing the anal muscles.
Time to Perform Ashwini Mudra
There is no specific time to perform Ashwini Mudra. It can be performed at any time of the day or even at night as per your convenience and schedule. However, doing it at morning is advisable to gain the feel of energy flowing out and building in.
Asanas to Perform Ashwini Mudra
Sarvangasana, Siddhasana, Halasana, Chakrasana, Bhadrasana and Padmasana.
Benefits of Ashwini Mudra
Every Mudra in Yoga has its own set of benefits. Similarly, Ashwini Mudra has some incredible health benefits that can organize whole body in the new direction and can help get internal strength of abdominal and pelvic region.
Some of the main benefits of this simple yet highly useful Mudra are:
1. Helps in treatment and prevention of Piles
Ashwini Mudra is nothing but toning of pelvic region therefore it is effective against all rectum and anal related problems. Piles are one of them and can be prevented from this Mudra. This is due to the point that while practicing this Mudra, muscles of your anal sphincter and rectum gets contracted and increases the blood circulation of that region. Hence, the Mudra deals with piles and prevents from it.
2. Helps in gaining Sexual Health
This horse gesture practice helps in fortifying sexual health by direct affecting the ptosis of the rectum or of the vesicle. This is one of the easiest ways to master sexual continence and gain control on the energy exerted by rectum and other organs of pelvic floor. It is the reason many doctors suggest Ashwini Mudra for sexual weakness and impotence.
3. Helps to gain Control of Energy Flow
Ashwini Mudra has been performed to gain better control on the energies flowing out and flowing in the body. Its regular practice grants control on vital energies and strengthens the whole process of transmutation and sublimation of minor energies into major and superior energies. Not just this, it also provides better control over the energy responsible for eliminating defective energies.
Kundali energy is also awakened by this Mudra that makes the person empathetic about things around him.
4. Slows down the Ageing Process
Ageing problems like appearance of wrinkles, joint pains, hair whitening and baldness can be avoided by practicing this Mudra.
It helps the person to minimize the stress and anxiety which are the main reason of ageing.
Its pelvic contractions makes about every process of the body smooth and keeps the person fit and young for longer time.
5. Improves Digestion and Excretion
Regular performing of this Mudra improves digestion and solves the problem of constipation. It even prevents from other diseases generating in rectum, pelvic floor and hemorrhoids.
This is because it makes many internal organs move and maintains their proper functioning which in result keeps digestion and excretion quite good.
6. Helps in Pregnancy
Performing Ashwini Mudra strengthens the core of pelvic muscles and supports the stability of spine. It helps pregnant women to take some control of her bladder and bowel movement.
This Mudra helps to achieve strength to support gradual growth of fetus and its weigh. It makes uterus strong.
7. Body Points Ashwini Mudra affects
Anal muscles and sphincter are main points of contraction in this Mudra.
These points of contraction differs this Mudra from Vajroli or sahajoli Mudra and Moola bandha whose contraction points are clitoris, vagina, urethra and cervix respectively.
How Ashwini Mudra works
The contractions involved in Ashwini Mudra makes the lines of small intestine firmer and muscles of pelvic region and uterus stronger.
The regular practicing of this Mudra trains the muscles for actual functioning which involves delivery of child in women and sexual stamina in men while digestion in both.
It channelizes the energies in the body in the right directions that makes working of every organ easier and better.
It can also be explained as an upward flow of prana through spinal direction that occur while performing this Mudra and passes to all the six chakras of energy in the body.
Ashwini Mudra Preventions and Safety measures
Even when Ashwini Mudra is one of the easiest Mudra and yoga practices and can be performed by people of every age group, there are some points that should be in thoughts while thinking of performing this Mudra.
- It is absolutely not advisable for women suffering from any kind of severe uterus or vaginal problem or complications to perform Ashwini Mudra. If you have any kind of issue or suffering in uterus or abdominal region, consult your doctor before doing this Mudra.
- Too long contraction of anal muscles may cause pain and problems internally as well as externally. Therefore, follow the steps and timing as mentioned carefully.
- People suffering from any kind of thyroid, spleen or liver problems should avoid Ashwini Mudra.
- Performing Ashwini Mudra in sleep disc, cervical spondylitis, severe headaches or migraines, weak eye blood vessels etc. is not safe and hence prohibited without consulting your doctor.
Difference between Vajroli and Ashwini Mudra
People get confused with Vajroli and Ashwini Mudra due to their similarities but these are not same. Both these Mudras are a part of Adhara Mudra but differ greatly in their method of performing and benefits.
While Ashwini Mudra is for anal sphincter to improve digestive system and prevent from piles, Vajroli Mudra is for urethral sphincter to improve sexual performance and deal with premature ejaculation in men. Vajroli is for urinary disorders and Ashwini is for digestive illnesses.
Is Ashwini Mudra a type of asana?
No, Ashwini Mudra is not asana. It is one of the Adhara Mudra that is performed to harness sexual energy and maintain pelvic health. It is a gesture and not a pose like asana.
Can pregnant women do Ashwini Mudra?
Yes, off course. In fact, it is advisory for pregnant women to perform Ashwini Mudra as it strengthens their uterus wall and muscles. It also helps them at the time of child’s delivery to exert pressure and push.
Can I do Ashwini Mudra without breathing exercise?
Yes, it can be done without breathing. It is your choice to do it with breathing. It increases its benefits. Otherwise, it can be done without involving breathing also. Most beginners do it without involving breathing and after practicing, you can add this in it.
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