Aakash Mudra

Definition - What does Aakash Mudra mean?

Aakash mudra is a symbolic, ritualistic gesture of the hands often used in Ayurveda and spiritual yoga practice to increase the element of space, or the cosmos, within the body. The name comes from the Sanskrit words aakash (or akash), meaning "view" or "recognize," and mudra, which means "gesture," "mark" or "seal."

In this mudra, the tips of the middle fingers are pressed to the tips of the thumbs on each hand, and the other fingers are held straight.

Yogapedia explains Aakash Mudra

Increasing the element of space, or cosmos, within the body helps the practitioner to unite with a specific deity or a broader cosmic power. It is also believed to make an individual's way of thinking more honorable, as it assists in removing negative emotions like anger, sorrow or fear. Additionally, this mudra detoxifies the body, eases discomfort due to overeating, and offers relief from arrhythmia, chest pain and high blood pressure.

Aakash mudra activates the visuddha (throat) chakra, which governs communication, self-expression, truth and purification.

It is recommended to practice aakash mudra in a quiet setting, while meditating and focusing on the breath if possible. This should be done for 30 to 45 minutes a day, especially between the hours of 2 to 6 a.m. or 2 to 6 p.m.

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