Akasa is the “space element”and Vardhaka means “to increase.”This Mudra is commonly known as Akasa Mudra, it is also called Akasa Vardhaka Mudra in Ayurveda. It is an Asamyukta (single hand) Mudra. It belongs to the Yoga Tattva Mudra Vijnana and Yogic tradition.
Among the five elements, it is Akasha which is all pervasive and indestructible. This element brings us the awareness of everything and nothing at the same time. The root of the word “Sukha” and “Dukha” is also akasha. “Kha” means space and “Sukha” here means a pleasant space whereas “Dukha” means an unpleasant, undesirable space. With this Mudra we invite the pleasantness of space within us and around us.
Join the tip of the middle finger with the tip of the thumb, keeping the rest of the three fingers (little, ring, and index) straight. The best time for practicing this Mudra is in the morning, by sitting in either Sukhasana or Padmasana.
- As the name suggests, this Mudra is a combination of ether element (middle finger) with the sun (thumb) and thus come the powers to heal any ailment pertaining to sound. It is excellent to increase the sensitivity to hear sounds. It is a boon in combination with Sunya Mudra for those hard of hearing.
- This Mudra activates the calcium and phosphorus absorption into the bones, so it is helpful in cases of weakness of bone, like osteoporosis and osteopenia.
- Due to its inherent quality of releasing tensions and keeping the mind calm and serene, this Mudra is practiced during meditation. It is also a great Mudra for an anxious and ever-processing mind.
- It is a first aid in case of dizziness.
- This Mudra is successful in taking care of the “lockjaw”experienced at times during yawning, or during mental tension or over-exertion. Practice: Hold this Mudra in one or both hands, 3 times a day for 5 minutes in each practice cycle. Keep the palms facing up and hand comfortably resting on the knees.
Hold this Mudra in one or both hands, 3 times a day for 5 minutes in each practice cycle. Keep the palms facing up and hand comfortably resting on the knees. Practice in cross legged seated position or seated on a chair. Observe the changes in body temperature, breath pattern, taste in mouth, bodily sensations and shift in the state of mind.
from the book, “Mudra: The Sacred Secret” by Indu Arora ©2015 Reprinted with permission of Yogsadhna LLC.