Definition - What does Apana Mudra mean?
Apana mudra, also known as the purification mudra, is a hand gesture that detoxifies and purifies the body and balances the elements of space and earth within it. It eliminates waste, toxins and chemicals in the body and is said to help prevent diseases and illnesses.
Apana mudra is performed by bending the middle finger, the ring finger and the thumb so that the tips of these fingers are touching. The index finger and little finger remain straight. This mudra is usually practiced with both hands.
This mudra should be practiced daily for 30 to 45 minutes, either all at once or three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes.
Yogapedia explains Apana Mudra
Apana mudra is sometimes also called cleansing mudra or energy mudra. It generates energy in the liver and gallbladder and supports balance and harmony. It is also improves digestion and is believed that practicing this mudra can help when the childbirth is delayed.
Apana mudra increases the vata and kapha doshas in the body and decreases the pitta, thus helping to balance the three doshas in the human body.
It is best to practice this mudra in the mornings. People with vata and kapha constitution should practice this mudra in moderation.