There are so many movements, hand positions and breathing techniques in yoga.It can be confusing knowing which one to use. Here at Reflective Self we have found keeping your practice simple is the key. If you find something that works focus on that. In this article you will learn what the Nasagra Mudra is, it’s benefits, how to use it and the benefits when used with various yoga practices.
How To Use Nasagra Mudra
Nasagra Mudra, also known as the nose tip mudra is a hand position most commonly used with alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Sodhana).
To use this Mudra place the index finger and middle finger of the right hand between the eyebrows. Use the thumb to close the right nostril and the ring finger the left nostril (main image above).
The Nasagra Mudra is performed with only the right hand during breathing.
The index finger and middle finger can also be folded down so the tips are touching the pads on your palm(see image below).
Nisagra is also used in meditation practice.
What is a Mudra
A Mudra is a yogic hand position.
You use Mudras in yoga and meditation practices. Together with a breathing exercise (pranayama) and meditation they enhance the flow of energy in the body, and and advance spiritual growth. You will deepen your practice when you a mudra.
Using The Nasagra Mudra In Meditation
Sit in comfortable position and get your hands in the Nisagra mudra position, place them facing up on your thighs.
Breathe deeply and slowly, focus your attention on the hand position.
Using Nasagra Mudra With Nadi Shodhana – Alternate Nostril Breathing
Nadi Shodhana, is a pranayama (breathing) technique used in yoga. It involves inhaling and exhaling through alternate nostrils. This alternate nostril breathing technique balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, cleanses the energy channels in the body and calms the mind.
Other benefits you may experience with alternative nostril breathing and Nasagra mudra combines are:
Lowers blood pressure
Improves respiratory function
Promotes healthy brain function
Benefits Of Nasagra Mudra
It is believed this mudra helps calm the mind, increase focus , stimulate the brain, improve memory and mental functions.
Used with Nadi Sodhana alternate nostril breathing, some other benefits you may have are:
Harmonization of the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Improves respiratory function
Balances energy in the body
Here are some alternative mudra’s that have a similar benefits to Nisagra Mudra.
Gyan Mudra: This mudra promotes concentration, improves memory, and enhances wisdom.
Do this mudra by touching the tip of the index finger to the tip of the thumb, with the other three fingers extended.
Vayu Mudra: Vayu mudra help with anxiety and inner peace.
Fold your index finger and place it at the base of the thumb, lightly press your thumb down on the folded finger.
Prithvi Mudra: This mudra is is related to grounding, stability and strength.
Do this mudra by touching the tip of the ring finger to the tip of the thumb, with the other fingers extended.
Shuni Mudra: Shuni Mudra is linked to patience and self control.
With this mudra the middle finger is folded and placed at the base of the thumb, while the thumb lightly presses down on the folded finger.
Chin Mudra: Is known to encourage spiritual awakening and enhance concentration.
The position for this mudra involves touching the tip of the index finger to the tip of the thumb, with the other three fingers extended and relaxed.
The Nisagra Mudra a symbolic hand position is part of the family of mudras used in yoga and meditation practice.
It is commonly used with with Nadi Sodhana (alternate nostril breathing) where only the right hand is used. The thumb is used to close the right nostril and the ring finger is used to close the left nostril, with index and middle finger touching the forehead between the eye brows.
The hand position is also used during mediation where it enhances the practice.
The mudra when used in practice calms the mind, increases focus, stimulates the brain, improves memory and cognitive functions and can lower blood pressure as well as improve your breathing.