also known as Great Gesture.Maha means great or noble. Mudra means shutting, closing or sealing. In this sitting posture the apertures at the top and bottom of the trunk are held fast and sealed. Maha Mudra details provided to you by YogaIQ.
1. Sit on the floor with the legs extended straight in front. (Step 1)
2. Curve the left knee and move it to the left, keeping the outer side of the left thigh and the left calf on the floor.
3. Put the left heel upon the inner side of the left thigh near the perineum. The big toe of the left foot should touch the inside of the right thigh. The angle between the stretch right leg and the bent left leg should be a right angle of 90 degrees.
4. Extend the arms forward towards the right foot and hook the big toe with the thumbs and forefingers.
5. Lower the head to the trunk until the chin rests in the hollow between the collar bones just above the breast-bone.
6. Keep the spine fully extended and do not allow the right leg to tilt to the right.
7. Breath in completely. Tighten the entire abdomen from the anus to the diaphragm. Pull the abdomen back towards the spine and also up as to the diaphragm.
8. Loose the abdominal tension, then breath out, again breath in and hold the breath, maintaining the abdominal hold. Stay in this posture as stated above from one to three minutes. (Step 2)
9. Loose the abdominal tension, breath out, raise the head, release the hands and straighten the bent leg.
10. Repeat on the other side, keeping the left leg straight and the right one curved for an equal amount of time.
This asana tones the abdominal organs, the kidneys and adrenal glands. Women suffering from a prolapsed womb find relief as it pulls the womb up to its original position. Persons suffering from spleen ailments and from enlargement of the prostate gland will benefit by staying in this pose longer. It cures indigestion. Daily practise of Mahamudra, overcomes consumption, leprosy, piles, enlargement of the spleen, indigestion and other complaints of long duration