Definition - What does Manduki Mudra mean?
Manduki mudra is a seated yogic gesture that employs use of the whole body. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, manduki, meaning "frog," and mudra, meaning "gesture" or "attitude." The Upanishads categorize this mudra as one that involves the organs in the face.
Manduki mudra may also be known as frog gesture in English.
Yogapedia explains Manduki Mudra
To perform manduki mudra, assume vajrasana, in which one sits on the space between the heels. Space out the knees and feet, sitting on the floor between the feet with the perineum touching the floor. Keep the spine erect, eyes closed and the hands on the knees. With the mouth closed, move the tongue around the palate. Swallow the secretion, which in advanced stages will be the nectar yogis experience. If unable to place the buttocks on the floor, one may sit on a cushion. Alternatively, one may sit in bhadrasana.
Several benefits of manduki mudra include promoting youthfulness, rejuvenating the body and promoting overall health. Mental health benefits include calming of the mind, promoting awareness and preparing the mind for meditation.
Manduki mudra activates the muladhara chakra, which is associated with positive perception, vigor, vitality and development of one's personality.