Ayurveda practitioners believe that
when mamsa is balanced, earth, water and fire elements are present.
Mamsa becomes aggravated because of an imbalance of the doshas
(biological elements or energies). Likewise, too much or too little
mamsa affects the body and mind negatively. When mamsa is balanced,
muscle tone, strength and flexibility are good, providing physical
and mental well-being. To balance mamsa, Ayurveda practitioners
recommend dietary changes, including cleanses, and physical exercise,
including yoga asanas.
In Tantra and Tantric yoga, mamsa is
symbolized by khechari mudra in which the tongue reaches back to the
throat, simulating eating meat. Mamsa sadhana is the control of
speech. The belief is that the yogi should talk only when necessary,
and some yogis practice silence for extended periods of time to focus
inward. Someone who surrenders every action to the Supreme is
called a mamsa.