Prithvi Mudra or Agni-Shaamak Mudra
Prithvi Mudra or Agni-Shaamak Mudra
Popularly known as Prithvi mudra, this mudra increases the Prithvi (earth) element within the body. At the same time, it decreases the Agni (fire) element. Therefore, it can also be called Agni-shaamak mudra.
Prithvi Mudra restores energy in the root chakra. Prithvi mudra increases earth element in the body, thereby providing nourishment to all the organs having deficiency of any sort.
Method of performing Prithvi Mudra:
- Here are the steps of Prithvi Mudra:
- The Prithvi Mudra can be performed while sitting down in the Padma Asana (Lotus Pose) or Sukha Asana (Easy Pose) or while standing up straight in the Tada Asana (Mountain Pose).
- Touch the tip off the ring finger of each hand to the tip of the thumb. The rest of the fingers should be pointing straight.
- Hold this position for some time.
- 30 to 45 minutes every day, either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day). However, people with kapha deficiency can do it even for longer periods.
People with Kapha dominant body should refrain from doing Prithvi Mudra. It should be avoided if you are suffering from cough and cold.
Prithvi Mudra can also be practiced during meditation. You can take your awareness to root chakra (Mooladhara) and affirm that the earth is giving me stability and providing me with nourishment and happiness.
Effects of Prithvi Mudra:
Prithvi-vardhak mudra increases the Prithvi (earth) element within the body but decreases the Agni (fire) element within the body.
The element earth is a vital component of bodily tissues like bones, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, flesh, muscles, tendons, internal organs, etc.
Practice of Prithvi-vardhak mudra builds and invigorates these tissues.
In other words, this mudra increases vitality, strength and endurance.
The element earth is also associated with the nose (smell). Therefore, Prithvi-vardhak mudra can be used to overcome nasal disorders (e.g., loss of sense of smell).
The element earth is also a component of the bodily humor kapha. Practice of Prithvi-vardhak mudra increases the kapha humor within the body. Therefore, this mudra can be used to overcome disorders caused by kapha deficiency.
However, it should be practised in moderation by people who already have an excess of kapha in their bodies.
The element Agni (fire) is concerned with body-temperature and metabolism. Since Prithvi-vardhak (= Agni-shaamak) mudra reduces fire, it can be used to pacify an overactive Agni and overcome disorders of Agni-excess like emaciation, fever, inflammation, etc. The element fire is also a component of bodily humor Pitta.
Therefore, Prithvi-vardhak (= Agni-shaamak) mudra is an excellent mudra for people with a pronounced Pitta constitution. They can regularly use this mudra even to avoid illness.
Benefits of Prithvi Mudra:
- Chronic fatigue, general debility, convalescence
- Lack of stamina or endurance.
- Inexplicable weight-loss, emaciation.
- Osteoporosis osteomalacia (diminished bone-density), rickets.
- Fracture (to expedite union).
- Degeneration of articular cartilage (Osteo-Arthritis).
- Weak, atrophied muscles, myopathies, Paresis, paralysis, poliomyelitis.
- Dry, cracked, burning, mature skin, Skin-rashes, urticaria, Brittle nails.
- Hair-loss, premature greying of hair.
- Burning in eyes, stomach (acidity), urine, anus, hands, feet, head.
- Aphthous ulcers in the mouth.
- Ulcers in the stomach, intestines.
- Inflammatory diseases (diseases names end with 'itis').
Precaution: If you are not sure how to perform this mudra, kindly contact any physician or yoga tutor.