Definition - What does Kechari Mudra mean?
Kechari mudra is a yoga gesture that's designed to awaken spiritual energies in the body.
To perform this mudra, the tongue is rolled back and up into the nasal cavity above the soft palate. The practitioner then breathes in, creating a snoring-like sound, followed by an exhale.
The name for this mudra comes from the Sanskrit kechari or khecari, meaning “transversing the ethereal regions,” and mudra, meaning “seal” or “gesture.”
Yogapedia explains Kechari Mudra
Although it is not commonly practiced, kechari mudra is considered preeminent among the mudras, particularly because it is an advanced technique meant to assist the practitioner in reaching a higher state of consciousness.
Many have trouble completing kechari mudra because the membrane under the tongue isn't flexible enough to reach the nasal cavity. In a gentler variation of the pose, the tip of the tongue touches the fleshy soft part of the palate at the back of the roof of the mouth (without straining), or touches the uvula in the back of the mouth.
Kechari mudra is believed to have the following benefits:
- Improvement in the tone of the voice
- Reduction of abdominal fat
- Clearing the mind of anger, attachment and ego
- Increased vitality and energy