Ushas mudra is believed to bring about change and new beginnings. As such, it can help awaken the body and mind when practiced in the morning.
Practicing ushas mudra is also thought to have the following benefits:
- Increases clarity and mental alertness
- Balances the hormones
- Enlivens sexuality
- Enhances pleasure
In a spiritual yoga practice, this mudra opens the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with creativity and sexuality.
As with any hasta mudra, ushas mudra is particularly beneficial when meditating, and can be practiced while seated, prone, standing or even walking -- as long as the body is relaxed and the posture is symmetrical. It is recommended that ushas mudra be practiced for five to 15 minutes a day.