Shanmukhi Mudra is a SANSKRIT word that means Shan means "Six", Mukhi means "Faces", and Mudra means "Pose". This pose helps the six openings of our face that help in sensing the world. The Shanmukhi or the six openings includes two ears, two eyes, one nose, and one mouth.
Shanmukhi mudra is a very simple yoga mudra. When you practice this mudra for a long time, you get clear pictures of your thought patterns. These patterns are known as "Vrittis" in the language of yoga Mudra and Asana. Shanmukhi Mudra is a part of the manu mudra. In this Mundra, you have actively involved your sensory lips, tongue, eyes, nose, and ears in various ways. This mudra is also known as Yoni Mudra.
Sit in an alone and quiet place. sit in Padmasana or the veerasana. Keep your spine straight and take a normal breath. Raise your hands, bring the palm to your face and keep the elbow to your shoulder level. close six sensors nose, ears, eyes, and mouth with the help of your fingers. close your ears by pressing your thumb on the tragus. softly close your eyes with the help of forefingers but don't forget to roll them upwards before closing. Block the nose with the help of your middle finger.
place your little ring finger on your upper and lower lips. start breathing deeply, try to focus on your breath, and be detached from the world. take dive a little deeper inwards every time when you take a breath. after some time, you will again start hearing the good sound of your breath. If your concentrate on your Ajna chakra, you may also see a radiance of spectrum in the dark. after a few minutes, come back to the same mudra where you started the Shanmukhi Mudra. slowly breathe out, unblock six sensors, and relax.
Benefits of Shanmukhi mudra 4 yoga:
There are the most important health benefits of Shanmukhi mudra are as follows,
1. Shanmukhi mudra is revitalize the natural glow on your face and increases your beauty inside and outside.
2. This pose is also known to relax the nervous system and make the nervous motor work in a harmonious way.
3. This pose helps to reduce vertigo and moving sickness, continued practice of this mudra reduces your nervous relaxation.
4. Add Bhramari breathing to shanmukhi mudra, it helps recover from an age-related hearing loss problem, Presbycusis. This Mudra helps in dementia correction to a certain level.
5. This mudra helps to calm the mind and nervous system.
6. This mudra reduces stress, anxiety, anger, and irritation.
7. Shanmukhi mudra help to balance internal and external awareness.
8. Shanmukhi mudra helps with deeper meditations that promote better and clear thinking.
Step by Sanmukhi Mudra 4 yoga:
1. Sit in Padmasana. (Step 1) Keep the spine straight and the head level.
2. Lift the hands to the face. Hold the elbows to the level of the shoulders, place the thumbs on the ear-holes so as to cut off external sounds. If the thumbs in the ear-hole cause pain, push the tragus (the small prominence at the entrance of the external ear) over the earholes and push it with the thumbs.
3. Close the eyelids, but turn the eyes up. Put the index and middle fingers on the closed lids so that the first two phalanges only press the entire eyeball. Do not, press the cornea. Pull the eyelids down with the middle finger. Push the upper part of the eyelids below the eyebrow upwards with the index fingers. Gently press the eyes at both the corners.
4. Equal weight should be maintained on the ears and the eyes.
5. With the tips of the ring fingers push both nostrils equally. The nasal passages are thus narrowed for slow, deep, steady, rhythmic and subtle breathing.
6. The little fingers are placed on the upper lip where they can check the rhythmic flow of the breath.
7. Hold this posture as long as you can, drawing the vision inwards. (Step 2)