In yoga, mudras are typically used in meditation, but may also be used in asana practice. Makara is a Sanskrit word for a mythological sea creature and is often translated as “crocodile.” Makara mudra symbolizes the quick strength or energy that a crocodile possesses.
In addition to helping yogis quickly activate their energy reserves, makara mudra is thought to offer the following benefits:
- Controls mood swings by removing negative energy
- Calms the mind
- Treats depression and stress
- Improves mental concentration
- Relieves tension
It is recommended to practice makara mudra three times per day, between four and 10 minutes at a time.