Definition - What does Bronchial Mudra mean?
Known in Sanskrit as Svasa Nalika Mudra, Bronchial Mudra is a sacred hand gesture or 'seal,' used to treat respiratory ailments. Mudras are practiced in yoga as a means of directing or sealing energy in the subtle body. Bronchial Mudra is effective in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, allergies and respiratory symptoms caused by pollution. People with respiratory problems or shallow breathing tend to also suffer from sadness, loneliness or isolation, and this mudra can also help to shift these emotions.
Yogapedia explains Bronchial Mudra
Follow these steps to practice Bronchial Mudra:
- Begin by coming to a stable sitting posture and rest the hands on the knees, palms facing up.
- On both hands, place the little finger at the base of the thumb.
- Place the ring fingers on the on the upper thumb joint.
- Place the middle finger on the pad of the thumb.
- Extend the index fingers, and focus on deep, calming breaths.
Bronchial Mudra can be held for five minutes, up to three times a day. In case of an acute asthma attack, this Mudra can be combined Asthma Mudra until the breath is regulated. Bronchial Mudra can help to bring balance to the five elements within the body, whilst also increasing inner strength.