Shoonya mudra - Aakaash Shaamak

Popularly known as Shoonya mudra, this mudra decreases the Aakaash (space) element within the body. 

Method: This mudra is formed by first placing the tip of the middle finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger. This amounts to suppression of element space (residing in the middle finger) by element fire (residing in the thumb).

Effects : Aakaash-shaamak mudra decreases the Aakaash (space) element within the body. It can, therefore, be used to treat disorders (enlisted below) caused by an abnormal increase of space within the body. The element space is associated with ears. Therefore, Aakaash shaamak mudra helps certain ear disorders. In fact, it is an almost failproof remedy for ear-pain. The decreased internal space restricts the rest of the four bodily elements i.e., vaayu (air), agni (fire), jal (water) and prithvi (earth). Therefore, Aakaash-shaamak mudra can be beneficially combined with Vaayu-shaamak, Agni-shaamak, Prithvi-shaamak and Jal-shaamak mudras. The element Aakaash is also a component of bodily humor Vaata. The decrease of space in the body from the practice of Aakaash-shaamak mudra pacifies the (aggravated) Vaata. Therefore, this mudra is especially suitable for people having a pronounced Vaata constitution (Vaata dosha).

Benefits of  Aakaash-shaamak mudra:
Feeling of emptiness or numbness in the body or body-parts like the head, the chest, the abdomen, etc.
Ear ailments like pain, tinnitus (noises), vertigo and acquired deafness.

Duration : In case of acute ear-pain, incapacitating vertigo or severe numbness, perform this mudra continuously till the disorder subsides. For chronic ear-ailments or numbness perform this mudra for 30 to 45 minutes either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day).

Ideal time : For chronic diseases, this mudra should be performed

Precaution : Experienced doctors believe that the practice of this mudra should be discontinued as soon as the disease has been overcome.


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