What does Garuda Mudra mean?
It is used to balance the energy of the air, or Vata, in the body, to generate inspiration and energize the yogi. The word Garuda means “eagle” in Sanskrit and Mudra means “gesture of”. By activating blood circulation, This mudra tones and balances the Vata energy on both sides of the body.
The procedure of Practicing Garuda mudra
To perform this mudra, hold the correct posture, place the right hand in the left hand and the right thumb around the seam of the other thumb. The mudra should resemble the wings of a bird, with palms facing you. Soften your shoulders and place your hands in front of your lower abdomen.
Stop the mudra for ten breaths. Move your hands upwards and hold for 10 breaths in the navel and in the middle of the chest. This mudra should be done three times a day.
The position of the hands in Garuda Mudra represents the Garuda eagle leading to Lord Krishna. When a yogi doing this mudra, he access the energy of Garuda physically expressing the mudra.
While doing this mudra is held like the wings of an eagle, breathing or pranayama balances the energy of the air in the body. When the Vata energy in the body becomes unbalanced, it is common to feel trapped or completely dispersed. Hold the Garuda Mudra to control the air by inserting it. When it becomes stuck or calming down when it feels scattered. Once the Vata is balanced, a yogi is inspired and energized.
How to do
- Raise your hands to your chest so that your palms are facing you.
Cross and bend your thumbs creating a firm pressure between the pads
- Vent the remaining fingers up and to the sides like large wings.
Keep your hands in front of your heart with your palms in this position
outside. Imagine, your hands protect you from dangers or negatives.
The energy and protection of your positive state of being.
Hold this mudra for 5-10 minutes.
Benefits of Garuda mudra
- Improve intelligence.
- Increase the digestive fire, activate the Manipura Chakra (middle of the navel).
- It is considered protective and creates a sense of trust.