The word “Shunya” means empty and the practice of Shunya mudra is useful to decrease space element in the body. It is also called as Aakash Shaamak mudra. The major benefit of Shunya mudra is it pacifies Vata Dhosha
Other names of Shunya mudra
How to do
Aakash-shaamak is very easy to do, just placing the tip of the middle finger at the bottom of the thumb and apply a little pressure.
The middle finger represents the space element in the body by practising this mudra you can decrease space(Aakash) element in the body.
The impact of Aakash-shaamak mudra on health
Aakash-shaamak mudra is used in Ayurveda treatments of disorders (enlisted below) caused by an abnormal increase of space within the body. The element space is associated with ears. Therefore, Aakash-Shaamak mudra helps to heal certain ear disorders. In fact, it is an almost fail-proof remedy for ear pain.
The decreased internal space restricts the other four bodily elements, i.e., Vayu(air), Agni(fire), Jal(water) and Prithvi(Earth). Therefore, Aakash-Shaamak mudra can be beneficially combined with Vayu mudra, Prithvi mudra, Surya mudra and Jalshammak mudras.
Space(Aakash) is the primary component of Vata Prakriti. The practice of Shunya mudra is useful to treat Vata Dosha.
Effects of Shunya mudra practice
Shunya Mudra diminishes the Aakash element in the body. Therefore, it can be used to treat disorders caused by abnormal enlargement of the body space. The space of the element is assigned to the ears. Therefore, Shunya Mudra helps with some diseases of the ear. In fact, it is an almost perfect remedy for earache.
The reduction of space in the body limits the rest of the elements of the body. Vayu, Agni, Jal, Prithvi. Therefore, this mudra can be advantageously combined with Vayu-Mudra, Surya-Mudra and Jal-Shamak-Mudra.
The Aakash element is also part of Vata’s body humour. The reduction in body space due to the practice of this mudra calms the aggravated Vata. Therefore, this Mudra is especially suitable for people with a pronounced Vata constitution.
Shunya mudra Benefits
It has various health benefits. This mudra is very much helpful in treating the following conditions.
- Feeling of emptiness or numbness in the body or body parts like the head, the chest, the abdomen
- Ear ailments like pain, tinnitus(noises), vertigo and acquired deafness.
- This mudra is used in Ayurveda treatments of all the diseases caused by an excess of Vata.
- The practice of Aakash-Shamak mudra is useful to balance for the people who have tri-dosha.
Thirty to forty-five minutes of regular practice is enough to get the maximum benefits of Shunya mudra. You can do this mudra at any time or in any position. It is preferable that early morning hours and when you are meditating practice this mudra to get quick results.
Shunya Mudra Side Effects
There are no major side effects in the practice of Aakash-Shamak mudra. But if you are a Vata deficient person then do this mudra moderately.
Shunya mudra Precautions
After getting the desired result you should stop the practice of Aakash-shaamak mudra.