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Season 1 - Episode 5

Apan Mudra

5 min - Tutorial


Eliminate blockages to allow clarity in the mind and body by stimulating the apanasana or downward movement of energy in the body. This mudra encourages both physical elimination through the colon and small intestine, as well as the elimination of mental and emotional blockages.
What You'll Need: No props needed


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Namaste. We're working with Apan mudra today and this particular mudra has to do with Apanasana. So some of you may know about Prana and Apana. And Apana is the downward movement energy of the body. It's as important as the upward movement because it has to do with our elimination cycles. And with Apan mudra, that's what it's all about. It's all about the physical elimination which includes also the liver and the gallbladder because they are creating the detoxifying nature of the things that we're ingesting. Also the lower area of the body, the colon and the small intestine.

It's also a mudra for the elimination of things in your life that are blocking you. So emotional elimination and mental elimination of things. It's a fairly simple mudra. Look at your palms. You're going to join the thumb, the middle finger and the ring finger together and extend the index finger and the pinky finger out. You'll rest that on your lap. And as usual, this hollow place in the palms is very important. So you want to have a sense for that hollow place there. You can let your eyes close for a moment.

For the mental aspects, this creates a clarity. A clarity in the mind which actually allows for the creation of your desires. A clarity in your body is going to make you feel more healthy and light and a clarity in the mind that's going to allow you to have more energy for your dreams. Again, the touch is very light and there's a sense of the circle again with this mudra. Don't make a point with this mudra. There's a little circle to it. You can sit with this mudra. You can sit against something. You can even lie down with this mudra.

A few more breaths. As you practice these mudras, you'll begin to feel the energy move as soon as the muscles of the hands get used to the shapes. And that does develop pretty quickly if you're practicing on a daily basis. This mudra, like the others, can be done several times a day. Up to 15 minutes each time depending on the strength of your hands and if you're feeling fatigued or not.

So now let the hands open nice and soft like a flower opening. Turn the palms down. Always want to turn the palms down to give your hands a rest after the mudra. Stick a couple of breaths here. You don't have to press or anything like that. Just let the hands rest on the lap. And I thank you. Enjoy this mudra. Namaste. Peace out.


Simon ?
Pure and simple guidance. Loving this clarity.

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